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The school's plan for the next phase of its work as a Language College was accepted. This impacts not only upon our work in school, where Polish and Italian have been added to the number of languages already well established, but it also supports partner secondary, primary and special schools to be able to deliver the statutory requirements in languages teaching. Designated as a High Performing Specialist School, we also took the opportunity to adopt a second specialism, becoming a Leading Edge School from April 2008. This again will enable us to make full use of our expertise in a range of areas in order to impact upon learning and teaching in our own and our partner schools locally. This work is already being much appreciated by colleagues.

The School Building

The school building itself has undergone some significant changes this year. Following a number of months of very detailed preparation and planning, work began at the start of the 2008 summer break on the refurbishment of an area of the school which incorporated both the former Year 7 cloakroom and a section of courtyard unused for many years.

Within that area we have been able to create a brand new Resources Centre along with new accommodation for our Departmental Assistants. Both of these areas are now fully accessible to students and staff at all times which was not always formerly the case. That area also now houses the Finance Department along with a small seminar room which is available for teaching small groups but can also be used for meetings. The area vacated by our finance personnel has now become our new Careers Centre where students are able to access a range of resources and seek advice and guidance from the staff there. Within that area there is also a separate interview room where careers interviews and discussions can be afforded the necessary privacy.

As this large and complex building project continues to unfold, other advantages include a fully refurbished students' cloakroom, the ability to provide individual offices for each of our pastoral staff, a new venue from which our student Peer Mentoring team can operate much more efficiently and effectively, a Conference Suite which will also provide additional teaching space during the school day, and a dedicated archive storage area where all documentation which needs to be retained can be contained in one place and catalogued for easy access.

Staff Changes

Teaching Staff

Mrs Eirlais Tomkins (née WILLIAMS) Pupil: 1954 - 1961; Teaching Staff: 1967-2008 retired in August 2008. Mrs. Julia Bishop took her place as Head of Music.

Mrs Sally Elcock (English) and Mrs Bina Caulfield (Science), retired in August 2008.

Miss Anne Reeves joins the Biology Department in place of Mrs Hargrave who also retired in August after more than 17 years' service at the school within the Science Department.

Support Staff

Mrs Kay MacDonald, our former Senior Science Technician, successfully achieved her teaching qualification and has embarked upon her new career in a local secondary school.

Mrs Catherine Phillips has taken on the role of Data and Information Manager

Miss Stephanie Bannister has been appointed as Cover Supervisor

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