Mrs Raku's End of Term Letter
It may have been a short term, but goodness me it has been a busy one!
At the start of the term, we celebrated the successes of the year so far with the fantastic House Assemblies. It was wonderful to see our Sixth Form House Captains taking a leading role in the assemblies and acting as role models for younger students; this is something we are going to continue to develop next academic year with all students being given increased opportunities to develop their speaking and presentation skills.
As part of our anti bullying work with the Rotary Club, students were inspired by a talk from ‘Educating Yorkshire’ student Musharaf ‘Mushy’ Asghar who discussed his experiences growing up, encouraging our students to overcome any adversity with fortitude and resilience: all students left the hall feeling motivated and inspired, and we are grateful to the Rotary Club for funding this for us.
Extra-curricular participation continues to increase and remain a focus for us at the academy and we are extremely proud of the continued success of all of our teams but particularly our key stage three football teams, the netball team who put on an amazing display in their PGL residential and our Duke of Edinburgh cohort who completed yet another gruelling expedition with determination and confidence.
As we start to consider next academic year, we have lots of exciting opportunities for students in development including the launch of a Combined Cadet Force! We will also be reviewing our extra-curricular provision to ensure that all students have as many opportunities to exceed outside of the classroom as they do within it.
It would be remiss of me to mention classroom success without mentioning the attitudes with which students have approached their examinations. The exam season is in full swing and we have been hugely impressed with the efforts that students have been putting into their studies both inside and outside the classroom. There is no doubt that excellent home-school study habits result in students making excellent progress, so we would continue to encourage all students to keep up their efforts. It is especially important that our younger students recognise the value in completing homework and additional reading to the highest possible standard to ensure that study habits become embedded to secure achievement in the future.
Examinations continue after half term, but we are also able to begin to look forward to some of the fantastic events on the calendar in Term 6 including the Y11 prom, Y13 leavers’ celebration and of course the wonderful HBACC graduation evening for our Year 8s on 4th July! We are also looking forward to the 20th June, from 6-7pm, when the academy’s annual Summer Arts Festival is taking place, with students’ work from across the creative faculties on display, and a range of interactive and live performances taking place: we look forward to seeing you all there!
On a personal note, I shall be enjoying every moment of Term 6 with the incredible Team Hatton as it will be my last term at the academy before moving onto to a new challenge as Principal of Sharnbrook Academy in Bedfordshire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their continued support over the 6 years I have been at Hatton and wish all of our families the very best for the future.
During Term 6, the Directors and our Acting CEO, Rob Hardcastle, will begin the recruitment process for a new Principal for the academy following Mrs Bishop’s decision to step down after an inspirational 15 years as Principal here. I am pleased to confirm that in the meantime, we have secured an extremely talented and experienced interim leadership team to lead the academy into the next academic year and ensure our continued, sustained success. From September 2019, current Vice Principals Alastair Mitchell and Nick Salisbury will become Co-Acting Principals of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, and current Senior Assistant Principals Tanzela Williams and Bijal Dave will become Acting Vice Principals. Luke Shackleton, Keren Gunn, Jenny Coe and Anna Hewes continue their responsibilities as Assistant Principals, and I am very pleased that we have been able to establish such a strong interim team to ensure that we provide the very best education to all of our students.
We look forward to welcoming all students back to school on Monday 3rd June. Students must be in school by 8.30am in time for form time to begin promptly at 8.35am. You can find regular, ‘real time’ updates of all the excellent learning that takes place across the academy by using our Twitter handle - @heartofhatton. May we also remind parents that all students are expected to be ‘Ready for Excellence’ with the correct equipment and books with them for every lesson. Academy staff will continue to carry out ‘spot checks’ regularly and thoroughly in Term 6; students who are not ‘Ready or Dressed for Excellence’ will receive a sanction in accordance with our Behaviour Policy.
We wish you all a restful, relaxing Half Term and thank you for your continued support.
Head of School