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Coombes Sixth Form

Head's Blog

may 2016

As our school community are aware, we wished Ms Buchanan all the very best in her retirement at the end of last term and it was wonderful to reflect back over her time at Coombe; her tireless support for the students in the many and varied roles she has held over the last 24 years and to truly celebrate the legacy she will leave here at the school.  We look forward to her joining us over the coming year for celebratory events.

We are very pleased that Mr Platt has been appointed as Head of Centre at Coombe Girls’ School to succeed Ms Buchanan.  He will be responsible for the day to day management of the school as my role as Executive Headteacher means that I do continue to spend part of the week at Knollmead Primary School. 

Further changes to the leadership team have also been introduced this week:  Mrs Knight, Mr Power and Ms Barns have been appointed as Senior Assistant Headteachers with respective responsibility for pastoral care, teaching school & training and the sixth form.  We are also additionally assisted by a team of Assistant Headteachers: Mr Pounds, Mrs Corkhill, Miss Jackson, Mr Jones, Miss Mitchell and Mrs Pellett.  Their key responsibilities are listed in the Leadership Team Chart on the school website. 

I returned after the Easter break to a letter from the Secondary Schools Academies Trust congratulating Coombe Girls’ on its exceptional attainment and progress in the 2015 GCSE examinations.  We have been recognised for two educational awards: Coombe Girls’ is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress based upon our girls’ best 8 average point scores at Key Stage 4.  We are very proud of our students’ achievements over the years and look forward to celebrating many more in the future. 

I would also like to thank the staff and students who participated during the Easter holidays in the federated ski trip and the Sixth Form trip to New York & Washington; both trips were highly successful and greatly enjoyed by all. 

We all wish our Year 10 – 13 students the very best of luck in their forthcoming examinations and the next few weeks will be filled with the final preparations for them.  I look forward to seeing parents and friends of Coombe at events later on this term.

November 2015

It’s been a wonderful start to the new academic year and as always Coombe has been a hive of activity and opportunity.  We were very pleased to welcome all our students back to school in September and are pleased with how well our ‘new to Coombe’ students have settled.

We started the year off celebrating excellent examination results and are now already in full swing with preparation for the next set of grades.  All of our students in Key Stage 4 and 5 are working extremely hard and we look forward to also celebrating their successes next summer.  The vast majority of Year 13s UCAS applications are now complete and ready for submitting reflecting the start of the next stage in their educational journey. 

There have already been many curricular changes at each Key Stage this year and we are very grateful to the staff for their conscientious approach to ensuring that the teaching and learning taking place reflects all the changes.  Thank you to the parents who attended the curriculum evenings at the start of the year and we will continue to keep you all updated via the parent consultation evenings throughout the year.  We are currently reviewing our Post 16 offer and provision in line with other local Sixth Form providers to ensure that we are offering the very best programme of study to our prospective sixth form students. 

The extra-curricular opportunities continue to thrive, many of which are featured in this newsletter and we look forward to enjoying many more in the half term to come.  I would continue to encourage all of our students to take advantage of all of these opportunities which not only offer the chance to make new friendships but also develop confidence and resilience.  I was delighted to meet a former Coombe student shortly before half term who commented on just how: ‘Coombe had made her the person she is today, given her life-long friendships and taught her that there were no limits to what she could achieve if she worked for it’.  What a fantastic accolade for both her personally and the school community as a whole!

Life long learning for all is a principle we aim to ensure permeates every aspect of our work and the opportunities for learning for the staff at the school and in our alliance schools continues to grow.  As part of our National Teaching School action plan, we have introduced this term the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and are delighted to have received a grant from the National College as part of a Diversity and Equality project to lead a targeted professional development programme for Women Leaders across both Kingston and Richmond Local Authorities.

Finally, thank you to all of our community for their continued support for the school and we look forward to seeing you at future performances, events and parents’ evenings between now and Christmas.  

September 2015

It’s been lovely to welcome our students and staff back to Coombe Sixth Form this week and to be able to start on such a positive note.  The summer’s examination results were once again a superb testament to the incredibly hard work and dedication of both the students and staff. 

Our former Year 13 students matched the excellent performance of their predecessors and are now starting on the next very exciting phase of their lives at university, apprenticeships or work placements.  We wish them all the very best of luck and are incredibly proud of all of their achievements. 

At GCSE, the former Year 11 achieved the highest results in the school’s history and we were very pleased to welcome them as well as our Coombe boys and external entrants to the Coombe Sixth Form last week for their induction.

The new academic year brings many new faces to the school and we have welcomed new staff as well as new boys and girls into Year 12.  The months of waiting for examinations results are over, the students have successfully met the entrance criteria and are now well on the path to becoming Coombe graduates. 

I am incredibly proud to be the Headteacher of such a wonderful school and look forward to another very busy and successful term.