Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

Happy New Year. I am sure that you, like me, are currently wondering where the last two weeks went! We have all returned to school hopefully refreshed, reinvigorated and prepared to face the new challenges of 2019.

Year 11 examination students completed their Mocks before Christmas and we are all now busy analysing their results and working out the best ways to support them in their continuing preparations for this summer’s final exams. They will be receiving their results on Mock Results Day, Friday 18th January and this will give students a clear indication of what they need to do to have the qualifications they need to secure their pathway of choice in the future. Students should be aiming to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and Maths. This is the standard minimum entry requirement for many careers and for further education and entry into Sixth Form. On Results Day, students will be receiving a letter which will indicate the options open to them should their mock results be repeated in the summer. We hope that this will provide further encouragement for students to continue with the good work (for those who have done well!) and to make the necessary adjustments for those whose mock performance falls short of expectations. Whatever happens, students and their parents should know that the staff at RGS will continue to do everything possible to provide support.

Further to my letter of last term regarding my intention not to authorise holiday requests in term-time as a matter of course from September 2019, thank you to those parents who have brought travel arrangements which had already been made prior to my change of protocol to my attention. I have been happy to consider these in this transition period on a case to case basis, as I will for the remainder of this year. I wish to emphasise however, that my stance on authorised/unauthorised absence for term time holidays has nothing to do with legitimate requests for leave of absence on medical grounds. This simply cannot be helped and school will of course do everything possible to ensure that students are supported throughout periods of enforced absence through illness. Students who are unfortunate enough to suffer from ill health must not worry themselves with concerns about the impact of this on their attendance, and should concentrate on doing everything they can to look after themselves whilst they are off school.

Preparations will soon commence for our annual Year 6 Open Evening which is always a highlight in the calendar of the school, allowing us to showcase everything that is good about Ramsey Grammar School and to give a warm welcome to Year 6 students who we look forward to welcoming to our school community in September 2019.

We will be talking to Year 6 students about the RGS “Way of Being”, the set of values which underpin our quest for excellence and which our current students are now incorporating into their daily lives and work. The values of community, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness,

respect and kindness are expected to be demonstrated by each and every member of our school community.

The work of multi award winning educator and advocate for LGBT and inclusion in education, Shaun Dellenty, feeds very much into our Way of Being and we are delighted to say that Shaun will be in school on the 23rd and 24th January talking to students and teachers and providing training. I look forward to working closely with Shaun to promote the values which are fundamental to the creation of a happy and healthy school community.

Mrs A G Baker


RGS Mail Jan 2019