24th February 2017
As the winds die down I have now seen the first signs of spring in our superb grounds, with shoots pushing through the soil. I am looking forward to the warmer and less windy weather.
It has been another very positive Spring term so far with mostly encouraging mock results, although some students still need to increase their hours to get those top grades. We have also gained some excellent new staff, with Sophie Ferguson joining our Finance team as our HR expert and a new Finance Officer also joining the team. On the teaching side Dr Rampling will be taking over as Head of Chemistry next year, replacing Mr Adams who became Assistant Head last September.
As you will have seen we have had much success this term on the sports fields and particular success in public speaking, winning the Rotary Club competitions at senior and intermediate level. You will also have noticed from the website that we had great success with university offers again this year, with 30 Oxbridge and countless Russell Group offers, as well as international success. The Essex advisor from the ‘Standards and Excellence’ team was shocked at the quality of our offers and at our conversion rate; very few students from CRGS do not achieve the grades required to satisfy their offers. Year 13 – the pressure is now on!
Talking of the website an amended version should be up and running soon; it should be easier to see the latest news and CRGS headlines. Do take a look. We are also hopefully going to be choosing our long awaited new bag racks, so the students will be able to store their bags in a more organised way. Alongside this improvement we are looking at the possibility of extending the Restaurant area, but that may take a little longer to plan. I am very keen for our dining area to be used for dining, rather than game playing, but we cannot organise this until we have a bit more space for the students.
I always enjoy hearing about the school trips when they return and you will no doubt get a report of the very successful Year 10 French exchange to La Rochelle and the recent Ski trip to Austria. All the students appear to have had a great time and all have returned safe and sound. All except for the rather accident-prone Mr Neale, who had to be rescued from the snowy slopes by air-ambulance and returned after the main party. We wish him well for a speedy recovery.
J R Russell