The success story of the week has been our Classics curriculum. I popped into the Year 7 and 8 sessions and it was standing room only. We are working with Hannah Walsh, a classics expert who leads the Classics Hub at Bristol University. I am keen to build on this and we have been working with some of our local primary schools to enhance provision in Year 5 and 6; Elmlea and Henleaze are the two early adopters. It is an exciting time and I even snuck some Latin into my assembly this week; tempus irreparibile fugit, in order to highlight the nature of time and how the minutes and seconds ceaselessly slip by.
In other news, we are on schedule to open the entirety of Block 2 at the end of April. This will involve some reshaping of accommodation in the school, with some departments moving. The
windows are in and the steel frame is up for the extended drama studio space. We have also received confirmation of the final tranche of funding from Bristol City Council which enables us to carry out extension works on the dining hall, put in extra Science labs, create more PE changing and review our landscaping and outdoor spaces. After several years of building works, it seems as though there might be light at the end of the tunnel and we are close to having a completed 11-18 school in physical form.
Next week we are running two significant curriculum events. We have our first wave of Sixth Form interviews; these are happening after school. There has been a glut of recent applications to the school, including lots from external candidates. I would urge students in Year 11 to get their applications in! Numbers are looking very healthy and our expanded curriculum offer is clearly attracting a wide range of students looking for an outstanding post-16 experience. We also have our Year 9 Pathways Day on Thursday 19 January. It is a collapsed day where we provide an opportunity for students to explore the routes they might take through Years 10 and 11. Visiting speakers from several universities and from a range of industries will be on hand to guide, support and advise. In effect, it is the launch pad for our guided choices programme as students hurtle towards Year 10 and their GCSEs. Time flies, irretrievably.
Our prospectus for 2016/17 is available to read online here.