Headmaster's Message - May half term

Dear Anselmian parents and students,

We have finally reached the end of this demanding half-term and I hope that your sons, and you if possible(!), will enjoy the break. They have earned it. The overwhelming majority of our students have behaved in an exemplary fashion this half-term, including their behaviour for learning. This is just as well because Years 9 & 10 have their end of year Exam Weeks when they return on 8th June, as Mr Dowse has advised you. Years 7 & 8 will have assessments in class in some subjects. We are mindful of the disruption to their studies this year and will be commenting on their general progress across the curriculum in their summer reports, but do not regard it as essential to have Exams in Key Stage 3 this summer. There is plenty of time for that next year, boys!

Year 12 have their Exam Week from 11-18th  June and will be on Study Leave from 11th June, meaning that they are only required to come into College when they have exams. These exams are very important as they will inform our UCAS grade predictions in the Autumn. We will monitor attendance very closely.

This has been a landmark week for Years 13 and 11. Year 13 have finished their assessments and have now completed their A level and BTEC studies. They are now free men! Miss Baines & I have written to parents regarding Results Day on 10th August. We hope that we will  see the boys prior to that at their Leavers’ Celebration on 25th June. This has been an excellent Year group and we will greatly miss them, although we recognise that they are ready to move on to the next stage in their education and careers. Year 11 today completed their assessments which will count towards their GCSE Awards from the Exam Boards. They are now on Study Leave. There are still a variety of Year 11 events in June, including a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition and the 6th Form Transition day, which will include a Celebration Assembly looking back over the past 5 years. This has been one of the best Year 11 cohorts during my long headship and we are optimistic about their future prospects!

We have played some epic rugby matches against our old rivals Wirral GS during the past week. The Under 17s drew an epic game 12 all in the driving rain last Friday. Today both the 1st XV and Under-16s lost 21-19 to late scores. All 3 matches were hard fought and played in an excellent spirit, which is a credit to both our schools. I will be coming out of refereeing retirement for our return fixtures, at home, next season! Congratulations to our players and coaches for their tremendous efforts!

I have been asked by Public Health Wirral to gently remind parents to continue to ensure that your sons take LFD Covid tests twice before their return to College on 8th June, including on 7th June to ensure that they are not infected as they return to College. Testing kits have again been issued this week. Please remember that Monday 7th June is an INSET Day. We will be working on Teacher Assessed Grades which have to be completed, moderated, quality assured and sent to the Exam Boards by 18th June. It feels like we are doing their job for them!

I hope that you all enjoyed a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend,

Yours sincerely,

Simon Duggan

Headmaster