Message From The Headmaster
You will shortly receive a copy of the 2020 Lent Term calendar in the post; it shows another full and busy term ahead. One important event that I would like to draw to the attention of Year 10 to Sixth Form parents is our Careers Fair on Saturday 21 March from 9.30am to 1.00pm. This biennial event is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn more about a wealth of careers and professions, as well as their university and apprenticeship options. Information about how to register for the Careers Fair and reserve a place in the workshops of choice will be available in the New Year.
In addition to the plethora of sporting fixtures, trips and co-curricular activities, we are also looking forward to our main school production, We Will Rock You, and the seventh annual Princethorpe Oscars Ceremony, which will showcase our pupils many talents. Both events are likely to be sell-outs, so please do look out for ticket information in next term’s Flagpole so that you can secure your seats in good time.
I have already thanked the pupils for the time they spent filling in questionnaires on their teaching group earlier in the term. The overall responses were very positive indeed and all the pupils’ feedback and anonymised personal comments has been fed directly back to the departments and individual teachers. We will reflect on the data gathered, looking at trends, areas of concern and strength, which will help us with our planning to make teaching and learning as good as it possibly can be.
You will be aware that as a Catholic School, we were recently visited by school inspectors from the Birmingham Archdiocese. We have just received their report which rated the ‘Catholic Life of the School’ and ‘Pupils’ Achievements in Religious Studies’ as ‘Outstanding’. The inspectors spent two days in school, visited many Religious Studies lessons and tutor groups, interviewed various pupil and staff groups and went to our School Council. In all aspects they were incredibly impressed with our pupils and staff.
"All pupils’ behaviour is exemplary in every aspect; they show remarkable respect for one another, for staff, visitors and for themselves, are most courteous towards each other and towards adults and naturally help and support one another. They listen very well indeed, readily give thanks and express their appreciation for all that the school has to offer."
"Almost all pupils take full advantage of the opportunities that the school provides for their personal support and spiritual, moral and ethical development, which can clearly be seen in the remarkable warmth of the relationships between pupils and staff; the school is frequently described as ‘a family’ by pupils, staff and parents and this ethos is clearly lived out in all aspects of their daily life together."
A full copy of the report can be found on the College website in the About Us section or via the link here. If you have and comments or queries on any aspect of the report, please do contact me directly.
As always, the on-line calendar, accessible via the website and My School Portal, will be updated with any amendments to the Lent Term calendar so please do check this regularly. Pupils’ reports too are, of course, found on My School Portal; please do ensure you take the time to look at these reports and discuss them with your child.
Alongside the calendar you will also receive a copy of The Tower Review 2018/19 which has just been published. The magazine is designed to be a souvenir keepsake which takes a celebratory look back at Princethorpe over the past academic year. It showcases term by term a whole host of activities, achievements and successes that our pupils from Year 7 to Upper Sixth were involved in, and includes highlights such as Prize Giving, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and House Activities such as Sports Day.
Particularly for those involved in the summer public examinations, next term will fly by; our pupils have had much support and guidance regarding how to structure their revision and studies at this time and I know parents of Year 11 and Sixth Form students will be keen to ensure there is a proper balance of work, rest, play and quality family time over the Christmas holiday period.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your support during the course of this year and wish you and your families a joyful and peaceful Christmas.