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Principal's Blog 16th June 2017


I write my blog this week on my return journey from London where I spent the evening with other educational leaders at the 30th anniversary celebration dinner with SSAT at the House of Commons. The SSAT (specialist schools and academies trust) were celebrating 30 years of collaboration across schools, sharing best practice and discussing the future of education. Among the guests included Sir David Carter - National Schools Commissioner, who gave an inspiring speech in this period of uncertainty for education. It was good to come together as leaders of education to discuss the future direction and how we can ensure that the students in our own schools get the best possible experience to enhance their life chances.

Well done to the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students who passed their final expedition at the weekend - Well done to all 26 students who complete their Bronze assessment last weekend, especially to Jess Triscott who completed her assessment after an injury last year. Excellent commitment considering she had an exam the next day! It was a damp and misty evening at Whitsand Bay Fort when I visited, but spirits were high and smiles all around. Well done everyone on a fantastic weekend. You are fantastic ambassadors for our academy and you should be very proud of your achievements. What a great experience for them.

Wednesday 5th July will see 80 year 5 pupils from four of our local Primary Schools take to the stage here in the Muse Theatre for the first of 3 performances of Paws and Claws. Kate Mooney and Natasha Scrivener have been visiting Prince Rock, Lipson Vale, Mount Street and Salisbury Road Primary Schools once a week during the summer term to prepare the children for this fantastic musical performance!

Paws and Claws is the timeless story of love conquering all; we join a gang of wily cats and a group of fearless dogs as they prepare to do battle for the turf at the back of the bakery. But what’s this? A cat and a dog have become friends? This changes everything! Performances are taking place on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July at 7pm and tickets are available from main reception.

Congratulations to Helen Waller, Teaching Assistant who received a distinction in her Master’s Degree this week, a fantastic achievement!


Lynda Budd