A very warm welcome to our first edition of The Mitre for the new school year. I hope you enjoying reading about the many exciting events at school.
I wish to offer my congratulations to the class of 2019 who excelled at GCSE and A level. Yet again, students have performed well above expectations and we are delighted for them (and their families). At GCSE, 87% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C including English and mathematics, while a staggering 48% achieved 5 or more A*-A. Against the governments new measure, the best 9 score, our students achieved (on average) a total of 449 points. This is the equivalent to nine strong B grades. At A level, we shared similar success stories and our performance in Year 12 was the strongest ever seen. This should give them a strong platform for the coming year.
The new school year has started very well and while I am only in Llandaff for two days per week, it is fantastic to see (and hear) the great work by our students and staff. Our Year 7 students (and new students in other years) have settled incredibly well, with many already helping at key events, such as open evening.
We are very grateful to all our families for supporting us with uniform, as always. Our students look incredibly smart and are fine ambassadors for the school. Thank you to the many families who have been able to attend one of our parent information evenings.
At the start of the new academic year we welcomed a number of new staff. Mr Jones joins us as Head of Mathematics; the science team are joined by Miss Jenkins and Mr Pollock; Miss Browning joins the art department; while Miss Collinson joins us as a teacher of psychology/science. Miss Williams joins the religious studies team; while we welcome Miss John as a cover supervisor. Finally, Miss Whelan, Mrs Morgan, Miss Salter and Miss Topping- Morris join us as Teaching Assistants; and Ms Coles-Riley and Miss Williams join us as Marion Centre Teaching Assistants. I am sure you will share our warm wishes for our new members of staff who will seek to help provide your child gain a high quality experience at school.
A number of our staff have had babies this year and we offer our congratulations to them and their families. Miss Calcaterra welcomes baby Nora; and Mr Elliott welcomes baby Amelia.
Sadly, at the end of the term we say goodbye to Mike Connor who leaves us as Rugby Development Officer to start a new regional post; and Karen Treasure who leaves us as Teaching Assistant to take up a role within the early year’s sector.
Our strong relationship with families is key to the success of helping each child reach their potential. As always, if you have any concerns please do let us know. If a concern relates to classroom learning, in the first instance I would ask you contact individual teachers, through to subject leaders; while pastoral concerns are initially addressed by form tutors and then heads of year. This is designed to help address issues as quickly as possible. For details of staff contact details please visit the staff list section of our website.
Finally, a reminder to keep an eye on our website and twitter feed @bishop_llandaff for information about key events. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another successful year together.
Marc Belli (Executive Headteacher)