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The focus of our assemblies and tutor time this week is our value of Respect.

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Respect is crucial to the way the College operates. We had a visiting Vice Principal from another United Learning Academy last week. Mrs Close spent time talking to student and she was incredibly impressed with you and the way you show respect for each other. Respect for and tolerance of individual differences is really important and is something we must all uphold. We are open minded’ is a key phrase from our Respect poster and we must all live by this.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 



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

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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

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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.

It has been a little while since I last added to this blog and a lot has happened since then. I have also written to all parents recently to update you with regard to life in the College.

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The GCSE exams are now over and I am very pleased with the attitude our Year 11 students showed towards these exams. Their attendance was excellent and they appeared to be reasonably unfazed by most of the exams. I look forward to sharing their successes in the summer. 


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