Executive Principal's Blog

A new school year

31 August 2016

The summer holidays are coming to a close and we are gearing up for the new term.  One of the advantages of the six week summer holiday is that, even if you have had the best time, it is long enough.  Most students and teachers are ready to get back to work by the beginning of September.  We should also recognise that, for many school staff, the idea of a six week summer holiday is something of a fantasy.  Wren has been very busy since before the A Level results were published two weeks ago, with our Student Services team and many teachers getting everything ready for the new school year.

We are once again delighted with our examination results in 2016.  At A Level, in only our second ever year of results, we saw a significant improvement on last year with our Year 13 students achieving above expectations.  Well over 40% of our students have gained a place at Russell Group universities with two winning a place at Oxford University.  Our GCSE results are outstanding with a fantastic result in the new Progress 8 measure and over 80% of Year 11 students gaining five GCSE A*-C grades including English and maths.  These results are testament to the ongoing efforts and talent of our students and staff and the stalwart support of our parent body.

At the other end of the school, we are exceptionally proud of the achievements of our inaugural Reception children.  Instilling security, happiness and confidence have to be key priorities in the Reception year, but curriculum based learning is crucial too.  With over 80% of children in the Wren Reception achieving a good or better level of development, our Reception children and their teachers have established a firm foundation for future success.

These achievements provide us with a great springboard for our work in the academic year ahead.  As well as continuing to pursue the highest standards for all of the students at Wren, there are a couple of particular developments we will be focussing on during the year.  In the primary phase, our pioneer first intake of children move into Year 1, occupying more classrooms in our brand new building.  Our second group of Reception children will join us.  In the secondary phase, we are launching an important and exciting new trial into the use of tablet devices by students and teachers.  Four departments will be trialling the use of devices for teaching and learning in the year ahead with the objective of every Year 7 student being equipped with a tablet device from September 2017.  I will keep readers informed of how this exciting project progresses.

Posted at 08:30 on 31 Aug 2016