LETTERS TO PARENTS
As I write this letter, we are reaching the end of the academic year but there is no sign that the level of activity is slowing down. If anything, the last two weeks of term have been even more hectic.
As pupils and staff set off for a well-earned Easter holiday it is time to draw breath after another hectic term.
There have been some notable individual success stories this term, and our sports teams have been busy with fixtures for rugby, netball, swimming, hockey, cross country and athletics.
We have had a flurry of activity in this past fortnight, inevitably so as things draw to a close after a very full term.
It's the end of the first half term of the academic year. The Headmaster talks about sporting success and invites parents to the Rugby and Netball matches against Gordon's School on 9th November.
It has been an exciting start of term with many joining us for a new start, and many returning after their summer break to remember what a special place this is.
Sports day was a wonderful and enjoyable event but that did not mean that performances on the track and in the field events were not of a very high standard.
Every day I have walked round different parts of the Park to see Years 7, 8 & 9 taking part in all sorts of challenging activities.
Foundersí Day suffered from indifferent weather but we had a great speech by Sir Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor of Bristol University.
The first Sixth Form students moved into the Cornwall annexe after February half term and there is further capacity for Sixth Form boarding in the Gloucester annexe.
As part of our on-going provision for high ability and gifted and talented pupils, we have run a number of targeted events and activities so far this year and over the half term holiday.
There are not many busier places than this School in December!
I am thrilled to be able to confirm that 61% of all grades obtained at A level were grade B or better, which is a long way above the national average.
Pupils are building rafts and taking them out on the lake, taking part in the Happy Puzzles Maths Challenge, learning to play the harp, exploring "Soul Space", enjoying "Gatton in Art" or "Gatton at War".
The Fitness Centre was officially opened by Mark Lewis-Francis, Olympic Gold Medallist in 2004.
Our President presented the Netball Captains with a beautiful silver cup named The Duchess of Gloucester Cup.
Growth in Sixth Form boarder numbers is a real tribute to the quality of our teaching and pastoral care.
In September we celebrated record GCSE results and the percentage of Year 11 pupils achieving five GCSEs passes including English and Maths rose from 62% in 2011 to 68%.
In September Edinburgh House will have a new extension, which completes the programme to give all secondary houses an extra Common Room as well as a large ICT room.
I believe this School should run a variety of courses which are helpful to as many of our pupils as possible.
The end of term has, as always, been busy with the Carol Service, performances of The Good, the Bad and the Donkey our Junior production, a Secondary production The Legend of Sweeney Todd, not to mention mock GCSE and AS level exams and the writing of hundreds of reports.
Pupils should be very proud of their achievements that are recorded in the newsletter as should those invited to the Celebration Lunches organised by Miss Muir.
What we propose is to teach on Royal Wedding Day (which is 29 April) with pupils having the option of watching the Royal Wedding on the electronic whiteboards in classrooms.