Headteachers Blog Posted on 04/10/17

Headteachers Blog

Brownhills Bounces Back to School

We had a lovely start to the new school year with the arrival of our new year 7 students whose energy and enthusiasm bowled us over. As always we are grateful to the primary school staff and parents who have taught and prepared the children so well in order to make the transition to secondary school smooth. Mr James the head of Year 7 and his team of form tutors have done a marvellous job in helping the students to settle in quickly. It had probably been more difficult for parents seeing their children take that next big step in their life and moving towards becoming a teenager. We have welcomed the opportunity to meet and talk to the parents as they have dropped their children off to school. Often secondary schools do not get that pleasant playground chat. As we are a smaller and approachable secondary school, we hope to continue that throughout their school career. Regular contact between home and school benefits everyone.

We hosted 700 year 6 students last week who had a taste of what secondary school life will be like which gave them a springboard into the season of open evenings that secondary schools run. We urge all parents to shop around and make sure that they visit a number of secondary school open evenings because this is the most important decision they will make for their child since choosing their nursery/primary school. It is vital that they find the right school for their child and one that will nurture them and help them to develop in character. Ofsted reports go quickly out of date and do not capture the essence of any school. Visiting the school, feeling the vibe, experiencing the atmosphere, meeting the staff and talking to existing students is the key to finding out if the school is the right one for your child.

Our Open Evening this week was such a positive and uplifting experience for the school. I am always anxious about the evening. It is so important to us because it is the future of the school and we are never complacent at Brownhills; we always want to do better. The feedback from families was so positive and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting our future year 7 students. We are now running Open Mornings on Tuesday 3rd October  for anyone who did not make Open Evening or anyone who wants to see us in action.

Please contact us on 01543 452886 for more information.

Happy New School Year Everyone!

Helen Keenan

Headteacher