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Posted on: September 9th 2018

All new for 2018!

This week marks the start of my monthly blog which has been slightly neglected. The reason for this was not because we weren’t doing amazing things, but with the earlier than expected departure of the first Ms R, it was all hands on deck for the leadership team and being a musician myself rather than an English graduate like Ms R, it was one thing too many at the early stage of my headship. So apologies and welcome in equal measure.

We started last week with the new school term and have so many things to be excited and proud about already. Over on our Facebook page, we received a lovely message about our new year 7’s on the bus – thank you Alys for taking the time to contact us. We do share information with our staff and is great to have out work recognised and called out like this. Our results at both A level (www.hamhigh.co.uk/education/a-level-exam-results/hornsey-sixth-form-college-a-level-results-2018-1-5656402)   and GCSE (www.hamhigh.co.uk/education/gcse-exam-results/hornsey-school-for-girls-gcse-results-2018-1-5667514) were excellent, and we are delighted to see a much higher proportion of our former year 11’s re-joining us for the next chapter of their education through Hornsey Sixth Form College, our co-educational sixth form which shares out site. As the final timetables and courses are confirmed, I'd like to thank staff and students for their faith in us. As the results attest, this is not misplaced! Our website has been updated with results with validated information coming out in January.

If you have come to our open events over the last couple of years, you will know that its been a leadership ambition to broaden the partnerships in all areas to diversify what we can offer our students.We have done this over the last couple of years with partnerships in place with RAF, The Economist Foundation, and The Girls Network to name but a few!  Its therefore wonderful to share that we are one of the first schools working with Warchild, the Evening Standard, and the Independent newspaper linking schools across warzones. You can take a look at the coverage https://www.independent.co.uk/learn-to-live/learn-to-live-war-child-london-education-schools-iraq-mosul-refugees-a8526156.html and https://www.standard.co.uk/news/learntolive/learn-to-live-campaign-why-we-have-to-help-rebuild-childrens-lives-that-have-been-shattered-by-war-a3929141.htmlas well as the print copies with the papers as the campaign progresses. Thanks to the tireless work of Ms Clarke for pursuing this connection, the lessons in compassion, empathy and political awareness will no doubt be clear from their conversations at home and school.

Conversations and communication are two areas we really want to further develop. I know I speak on behalf of all staff when I say we have loved the enthusiasm and curiosity that has come from our new year 7. I have loved meeting them in the morning at the gates and speaking with parents at the end of the day. We really are all about learning, and that includes us all at every level. If you want to discuss anything please don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate director of learning, or our brilliant student services team. A reminder of key information can be found here.

In these challenging funding times, we are always looking to save costs and increasingly, our communication is digital – twitter, group call, facebook and our website and free app. We will place letters on the website in the letters home section and it will appear in our app as notifications. Twitter remains a key channel and we do respond to DM’s.  Lets not forget actually speaking! Give us a call if you need to!

We have a number of amazing art and stem projects rolling out this half term, and I will continue to update you on them via twitter. The start of anything can be daunting, but with such a brilliant staff team in place, I am confident we can adddress anything that arises. Can I welcome all to the new year at the school, our new staff team, our new and returning students – this is the beginning of another brilliant year.

Ms Rooke