Message From The Headteacher

The last few weeks have been very busy, with a number of visitors coming to the school to see why our students are so successful.

A delegation from the Mexican Ministry of Education were particularly impressed with the students, noting how polite and confident they were. They were also very complimentary about the school’s facilities, a credit to Mr Roach and his Premises Team, and the dedication of all of the staff.

There have been several discussions, since September, with representatives from the Ministry of Defence about setting up a La Retraite Combined Cadet Force. This will provide exciting opportunities for the students and staff to develop a range of skills, including leadership ones. We will hear in the Summer if we have been successful in our application.

Mr Allan’s assemblies this half term have been particularly inspirational, encouraging us to reflect on our actions and seize each new day as an opportunity to improve and to do something differently. The key to this being small changes.

This was particularly pertinent for the Year 11 and Year 13 students as they approach their second round of mock exams. We have all been very impressed with their hard work and determination. Mr Allan used a section of the Knot’s Prayer to provide us with inspiration and strength:

Dear God:
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots, may nots,
might nots that may find
a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all,

Dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the ‘am nots’ that I have allowed to hold me back especially the thought that I am not good enough. Amen.

Dominic Malins, Headteacher


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