What a difference warm weather makes! Our first week back was blessed with warm sunshine and there was a relaxed and happy mood across the school.

The staff had a very positive inset day on the Monday. We focused on team-building and were very grateful to Mr Reeves and Mrs McKenzie for the activities they prepared. You will be seeing ‘twang art’ appearing around the school as a result and you may also spot the odd bunch of white roses. These were actually made from sugar paste by the staff but look extraordinarily realistic. It did feel a little like being on the Generation Game at times but it had a serious purpose too. We as a staff team want to strengthen our working relationships because this helps us fulfil our roles in educating your children.

A number of our older students with an interest in engineering took a trip to Marshall Aerospace this past week too. There are no pictures because of the high level of security but the students were very lucky to have access and to see first hand a number of different forms of engineering they could pursue as a career.

Good luck to the students taking their GCSE Food practical tomorrow and well done to those who went to the GCSE PE practical moderation last week.

We also have a trip to Duxford for Year 6 coming up on Tuesday as well as the Prep School Parents’ Reception Evening in the evening at 5pm. We do hope as many Prep parents as possible will be able to come along.

Also our PTA committee would be delighted if you would join them in the Cock Inn, Clare at 7 pm on Wednesday. New members are very welcome. The PTA are putting on a barbecue towards the end of term, combined with ‘theatre in the garden’, which promises to be a lovely evening. We know that parents are very busy but even if you can only help out at the occasional event, you would be most welcome.

Finally, thank you again in advance for your support for Open Morning next Saturday. We are very grateful to all families whose children come in to help and make these events the success they are.