22 March 2016
The last few months, with the distraction of merger talks with Teesside High School, have not been an easy time for the School. Your patience over this challenging period has been greatly appreciated. Now that we have clear certainty about the strategic direction of the School, I trust things will become calmer and the focus can return to the outstanding achievements of the children and the exceptional education they are receiving.
You will have seen in my Blog that Red House pupils have achieved amazing successes this term. Our U13 boys’ hockey team winning the Independent Schools Association (ISA) competition at Olympic Park; Jessica Hall winning the ISA national cross country competition; our public speaking team of Eleanor Wright, Elizabeth Johnson and Sam Korsen winning through to the regional finals of the English Speaking Union’s Competition and Abigail Taylor winning the Blackwell’s Pie competition with her breakfast lattice, very tasty it was too.
More recently, Olivia Small has had trials for the England U17 netball team, another amazing achievement and a testament to Olivia’s outstanding dedication to her sport.
As many of you will know, Reception pupils are assessed before they join Year 1 (there is no entry assessment into the Early Years Foundation Stage). Our current Reception pupils displayed enormous potential in the standardised assessment tests that were externally verified. The results indicated that the majority were in the top 11% of the ability range. By capturing and engaging the potential in each and every child, from the Early Years right through to Year 11, we will continue to achieve outstanding academic results for which Red House School is renowned.
Many of you will have had the opportunity to meet with Mr Ken James, my successor, at parents’ evenings this term. Mr James is keen to get to know parents and pupils and there will be further opportunities to meet him next term. For the future he is already talking with my colleagues regarding staging a musical next year, something I am sure we can all look forward to. Plans are also being put in place to run a joint boys’ (hockey) and girls’ (netball) sports tour to Holland next Easter.
Next term starts on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Until then I wish you and your family a very pleasant Easter.
A R W Taylor