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Open Evening 2011

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Head Girl, Becky Bond, Catmose College

I look forward each year to our annual open evening as it is a time to both celebrate the last twelve months and to reflect on what makes our college so uniquely attractive to so many parents and their children. This year was our busiest ever, we estimate around 600 people attended last night and both of my speeches were full with the demand from parents being greater than we could accommodate. We will therefore be offering another opportunity for parents to meet with myself on Wednesday 12 October at 5:00 pm or by appointment which can be arranged by contacting my assistant, Shirley Wright at the College. The slide from the presentation can also be seen here:  Open Evening Sep 2011.

My presentation is also available from our award winning radio waves station, which can be accessed here.

We are very lucky in having just moved into a building which is a bespoke designed to match our ethos; one in which students can enjoy a calm, purposeful and happy learning environment. The building and our approach to working with students is one centred around trust, there are no locked doors at the College, students are able to enjoy all of our facilities from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and need not ask for permission to do so; this is their school. Students are able to borrow iPads, cameras and laptops from the library when they need them, they are also able to use facilities such as the music practice rooms and recording studios throughout their lunch time and break. The facilities of the College are here for students to use whenever they need them.

We chose not to have a staff room in the new building because we believe by students and staff working and eating together we will promote a very positive, calm environment based around mutual respect. We take a very individual approach to working with students, shaping our curriculum and the support they need in a very bespoke way. The curriculum we offer is broad and balanced offering opportunities only normally found in public schools; for example, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are all successfully offered as separate subjects. We are also extremely well equipped in Technology offering the latest computer aided design and manufacturing equipment.

With rights, we believe,  also come responsibilities, we expect all our students to behave well, do their best and to take an active role in the life of the College community. We offer an extensive range of opportunities for students through the Arts, Sport, Performance and the electives programme. There is quite literally an activity available every evening at the College for students who wish to challenge themselves and extend their range of interests.

At the heart of what we do are our positive relationships with students, this college has a family feel to it centred around mutual respect and a committment to each student in order that they can reach their potential.

The test of this approach can be seen in our outcomes; our examination results are amongst the highest in Leicestershire and Rutland, Parental Survey Sep 2011 is very positive and the way in which our students are able to demonstrate key skills was no better demonstrated than by our head students who delivered a very powerful speech to an audience of 400 parents and their children.

Stuart Williams


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