College Blog

This week the focus of our assemblies is our value of Respect.

Respect is a key value, not just at MRC but also in the wider community. The way we treat each other is incredibly important and we must all seek to treat each other the way in which we want to be treated ourselves. We must also remember to respect individual differences in school. I am always very proud of the way you treat and support each other; it is one of the things I think sets our school apart.


Happiness was chosen as one of our core values by students last year.

Every day, I see our students students working together and supporting one another. We care about all the students in the College and we work together to make MRC a better place to learn, grow and make friendships every day. I would like to ask all our students to reflect on how we can make the school even better so that every day is better than the day before. We will achieve this when we all try harder every day to be the best we can be and I'd like to ask all students to focus on this this week. We say 'we do what it takes for as long as it takes' and this applies to supporting one another as much as it does to classwork. 

 

 

 


It was great to see students actively supporting Children In Need this week.

Last year, we raised just over £1000 for this great cause. This year, we raised over £1200, which is a fantastic achievement. As part of our 'Respect' value, students have been learning in tutor time and assemblies about how the money they donated will make a real difference to disadvantaged young people across the country. I see our students, your children, regularly supporting and helping each other in College. I am proud that they also want to support others on a national level and this is part of our ethos at the College as we  develop students' sense of community. I was also pleased to receive an email from a member of the public about how one of our Year 7 students assisted a member of the public this week; we have great students at MRC. 

 


This has been a particularly busy week in College and there is much to update you about.

On Wednesday last week (8th November) Gillian Keegan, our local MP, came to visit the College. Gillian has a wealth of experience having worked in industry for many years prior to being elected to Parliament. During her visit, she taught a Year 10 business class and also led a session with our scholars group, giving information about her background also taking questions from students. 

 

 


On Thursday we welcomed three visitors from United Learning to the College.

This was our termly ‘Review and Support’ visit, where our colleagues observe lessons, talk with staff and students, meet with senior staff and review students’ work. The visit was very positive and they reported they were very pleased with the students’ work in lessons and their behaviour at break and in lessons. 

The first half-term this year was very positive and saw a large number of students working hard and achieving well.

Our E-Praise system is now a part of daily life in College and we share students’ successes in house assemblies every fortnight.  I am leading assemblies with students this week and I will be challenging them to consider how they compare to some quotes we now have on display around the College. We have paraphrased (and slightly shortened) Aristotle’s quote which is “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.’ My challenge to students in the assemblies I am leading is to make excellence into a habit; it is only through always putting maximum effort into improving our work and behaviour that we will do better. This is the same for staff as it is for students and we will return to this throughout the year. 

We are still visiting lessons every day to see how students are working and this Thursday we will host visitors from Untied Learning, who will come in to see lessons, talk to students and challenge us to continue to improve. I will be able to update parents / carers with feedback next week.  

 

 



We are moving swiftly towards the end of term

We are moving swiftly towards the end of term and another school year is nearly over. I am currently working with all leaders in the College on our improvement priorities for next year to make sure that we build upon the high expectations we are embedding. We will have a team of ‘Lead Practitioners’ next year to help improve the quality of teaching across the College.




The last six weeks have gone by very quickly and I feel a lot has been achieved over this half-term.

Expectations of students’ behaviour, work and effort are much higher and I can see a tangible difference to learning and progress in every lesson I visit. We will maintain our focus on this area as this is now part of our everyday practice. 

In addition to expecting more from students in lessons, leaders and teachers in College are working to make sure that the level of challenge is high in every lesson too. This means that each lesson has one challenging learning objective, which is aimed at the most able students in every group. We are also catering for every student through making sure activities are appropriately differentiated for all. Our drive, though, is that all students must be challenged to achieve their personal best and we will only accept their very best work. 


RSS
First12345679

Latest Posts

RSS
12345679Last

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy
Policies

United Learning