Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you had a great break and on behalf of staff and governors I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.
2016 will be a big year for everyone; there will be an EU referendum, an election in the USA, the UEFA Euro Football Championship and the Olympics, to name a few things. One of the big factors locally will be the council elections for both the District and County. These are important as big decisions are just about to be made concerning the secondary school places required to support the Local Plan.
Myton and Campion Schools have established a workable plan to help integrate new housing into existing and successful communities which would require the expansion of both schools and would also facilitate the refurbishment of both school sites and the addition of new facilities. However, the County Council have been less than helpful in terms of reviewing their position and the current secondary school places strategy is now in jeopardy, which in our view helps no one.
There comes a time in any organisation’s life when it must be visionary and take leadership. At Myton we believe that the local education service and the leading professionals within it are the ones who should be guiding policy and practice in terms of educational places and this is the basis of our contribution to the most recent consultation on secondary places. Our governors are committed to maintaining our existing priority area and our existing relationships with families and communities, and will challenge any threat to this from Warwickshire County Council. To this end we are working with county councillors and district councillors to establish our position and will be contacting parents, hopefully to illicit your support.
On a final point, we have made a brilliant start to the year, our students are looking extremely smart and our examination groups are engaged and working hard. At this time of year, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 need to help and support our older students. This is where support within vertical tutor groups reverses and is a big success of the programme. We look forward to significant exam success this year but we also hold on to the enduring values of courtesy, good manners, punctuality and looking after each other; not because we are told to, but because it is the right thing to do.
All psychological evidence acknowledges that young people do like to conform, do want to be happy and successful, and given the opportunity will do the right thing. I have absolute faith in our young people and I see the everyday evidence in a happy and successful school.
Our partnership with yourselves is crucial. Thank you for your continued support which makes a very real difference to the life chances of your children, our students.
Paul MacIntyreClick here to return to the current newsletter