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Autumn Term 2015

Posted 15/12/2015

As we draw to the end of another year I am pleased to report that the school continues moving forward in a very positive manner. Excellent teaching, a rich range of activities and a friendly positive atmosphere are the result of all the boys and staff working so effectively together. This only happens through dedication and hard work and I would again like to thank everyone for their splendid efforts throughout the year. It is pleasing to hear such positive comments from everyone who visits the school – nearly all commenting on the friendliness and politeness of the boys they meet.

It has been another busy year with so much going on in lessons and in the after school activities. The residential trips have also been a feature although unfortunately we could not manage to free up staff time for the long distance bike ride this year. This was the first time in a very long time that it hadn’t happened, and I know that many, including myself, were very disappointed. I very much hope it will be possible in 2016.

On a personal note the year has been even busier than before as I have been asked to take on the Executive Headteacher role for the Scarborough Pupil Referral Service. This has involved a lot of changes and developments but I am pleased to say that Elaine Mallen, who left Brompton Hall to lead the unit, is doing an excellent job and the pupils there are also generally doing very well.

18 boys have been admitted over the last 12 months – with the vast majority quickly settling in to the routines and expectations of the school, and thriving in their new environment. Admissions, or lack of capacity, is becoming something of an issue as at the moment there appears to be a need for far more places than the school can offer.

It was so good to see so many parents at the excellent traditional Christmas production. The boys excelled themselves again on stage and although there were some nerves, they all thoroughly enjoyed it!