Principal’s Message

March 28th, 2012

As the Spring term comes to an end we reflect on the range and variety of activities that our young people and staff have shared since returning from half term in February.

As a staff group we have spent much of this half term reviewing the curriculum we offer to the pupils and consulting with them about what this should look like in the next school year.  This work is progressing well and we expect to be offering a significantly more ‘personalised’ provision from September onwards. We will be consulting with parents in the course of the Summer term with respect to these proposed developments.

A number of our older pupils have been preparing for examination and have ‘enjoyed’ sitting a number of tests and controlled assessments.They keep coming back and asking for more! Final examinations and modules will be sat in the Summer Term.

We have also been involved in a number of swimming galas in Liverpool and nationally, at Worcester, where our young people acquitted themselves well and brought back a number of medals. Well done everybody!

This term we have also worked closely with Hope University to raise awareness with their students with respect to pupil need and disability.  They have found these experiences most beneficial and informative and are now aware of a much wider range of career options and pupil need.  Two students are doing an extended placement, outside of their taught university time, as part of a project with the Training and Development Agency.  This raises both the profile of St Vincent’s School as a forward thinking training establishment and as a high quality provider of special education.

We continue to develop the schools international status and will welcome a Mrs Thapa from Nepal, early in July.  She is headteacher of a school for the blind in the foothills of the Himalayas. Hopefully, in due course we can reciprocate this visit.  This link has been established through our partnership with the Pahar Trust.

Finally, we will be meeting with parents and carers at our Monitoring Evening on Thursday 29th March but the young people appear to be looking forward more to the ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ that we are holding on the afternoon prior to Monitoring Evening.  This will be a cross curricular adventure for all.  On Friday before our end of term assembly we will also be holding a fundraising event for ‘Sports Relief’ in which we will be joined by staff from one of our partners in industry Capita.  A busy end to a busy half term.