As you will be aware, after 38 years in teaching I have decided it is time for me to step down from the role of Principal to take on new challenges. My eldest Grandson, Sam, believes that I am retiring specifically to be able to play with him!
I joined the College, 21 years ago, as a Deputy Headteacher in September 1993 just as the College was celebrating 32% of students achieving 5 or more Higher Grades. This was up from 15% two years earlier and contrasts with the 78% achieved last year.
The College in those days was 11 to 16, had 700 students, a single admin computer and 30 BBC B computers. Now we have 1,257 students and over 500 networked computers. What a transformation!
During that journey there have been some very notable successes. Being awarded the Rolls Royce Award for Engineering Excellence, Technology and Sports College Status, Leading Edge Status and becoming a National Support School all have been recognition at a National level of the high quality activities that take place in the College. These successes are the result of a real team effort with Governors, Staff, Parents, and of course the Students themselves, all playing their part.
Over the last few years the buildings in the College have been transformed with the addition of the 6th form building, the new Spots Hall and four new classrooms. These have all helped to give the 40 year old main building a new lease of life.
When I go home after a late meeting or come into the College at the weekend, I get great satisfaction from watching the College’s facilities, particularly our outstanding Sports facilities being used by the community. This does not happen by accident, but are a great tribute to the very many people who work so hard to make these things happen. Who knows I may even get time to come back and use the Multi Gym in my retirement.
As I leave the College I know that the leadership team, led by the new Principal Martin Ebbage, is more than capable of sustaining and indeed improving upon the current levels of achievement and keeping Kirk Hallam to the fore in the Educational World. It has always been my belief that the focus of any good school is the overall and all-round development and education of its students. Whilst the academic success of our students has been exceptional, so have the additional extra-curricular opportunities. Over the years the extensive provision of teams, clubs, performances, competitions, trips and visits has increased to its present amazing level.
The support and guidance given to students by their form tutors, their subject teachers, associate staff and the pastoral team is summed up in our recent Ofsted report. ‘One student’s comment reflects the views of many others: All the teachers are brilliant at helping us.’
I look forward to hearing great things about the College and all of its members in future years. Kirk Hallam has always had that ‘special something’ and long may it remain. I take away with me a host of very happy memories of the College and the Community it serves. I now look forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing my own personal interests.
My Best Wishes to you all for your future success and happiness.
Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College travelled back in time to the 1980's for its most recent College Show. A cast of nearly 100 staff and students, supported by a live band and Sound and Lighting from The West End, thrilled audiences for three nights with sights and sounds from the 1980's.
The show was dedicated to the College Principal Mr Peter Hamer who is retiring at Easter after 21 years of distinguished leadership.
Students have been working hard today to write and publish a range of news articles.
In our recent Ofsted inspection it was recognised that the College places a strong emphasis on Literacy with students being encouraged to read widely, particularly during their 'core' time and in library sessions.
This month, some of the work the College Librarian, Sonja Bredgaard, does to improve literacy in the College was feature in an article in The School Library Association magazine under the title 'A Flagship Project for the School'
To read the full article please click this link.
The School Library Association (SLA) is an independent charity committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all. The SLA offers advice and support across the school phases, lively practical publications and training, as well as the quarterly School Librarian; the website (www.sla.org.uk) is a rich source of advice and support, including lesson plans and posters.