An exciting year ahead…. 

I am sure that I am not the only person who gets excited about the year ahead when the new term starts in September.  It is always good to see students and colleagues who you have not seen for over a month.  I immediately notice the students who have returned a foot taller than what they were in July and colleagues who have visited much warmer destinations than me! 

It is also a huge pleasure to welcome our new Y7 students, new students joining older year groups and colleagues to the Sir William Romney’s family.  All 101 Year 7 students have made an extremely positive start to their secondary school lives and it is always good to see so many excited and happy students eagerly finding classrooms for the first time.  It is always rewarding to see how quickly all of our new students across all year groups quickly settle and feel part of Sir William Romney’s, this is testament to our welcoming and supportive environment that the whole community are very proud of.   

On behalf of all the students, parents, governors, staff and friends at Sir William Romney, I would also like to warmly welcome new staff who have joined us this week: 

Teachers 

  • Mrs Brand(Teacher of Maths) 
  • Mrs Davey-Hicks(Teacher of Science) 
  • Miss Duran(Teacher of Science) 
  • Mrs Elliott(Teacher of English) 
  • Mrs Gill (Teacher of English)
  • Mrs Talkowski (Second in Maths) 
  • Mrs Sharp (Teacher of Girls’ PE) 
  • Miss Wilson(Teacher of RE) 
  • Mrs Sharp(Teacher of Girls’ PE) 

Teaching Assistants 

  • Mrs Aris 
  • Mrs Hughes 
  • Mrs McCallum 
  • Mrs Platts 
  • Mrs Weyman 

Science Technician 

  • Mrs Drumm 

I am genuinely excited that we have increased our teaching and support team and I’m certain that all of our new colleagues will quickly be making a difference for all our students. 

GCSE Success  

At this exciting time of the year, I must also congratulate last year’s Y11 students for achieving outstanding examination results.  Exam results are exceptional and we are proud of the fact that our Progress 8 score (+0.20) places us amongst the highest performing comprehensive schools for the fifth consecutive year. Students were again very successful in 2018 with 26% of all grades being above a Grade 7 and 80% of all grades being a Grade 4 or higher. Achievement in English and Maths continues to rise with 75% of students achieving a Grade 4 in both subjects and 41% a Grade 5. We are so proud of all students’ examination success as they consistently displayed amazing resilience, commitment and aspiration throughout their GCSE courses.   

At the start of another exciting year, I look forward to seeing all our students enjoying learning, participating in extra-curricular activities and being inspired to reach their full potential across the entire curriculum.  At Sir William Romney’s, we understand that every student is unique and  I know that all our staff are committed to developing individual students’ resilience, confidence and independence throughout the forthcoming year. 

I personally cannot wait, bring it on! 

Jon Bell

Headteacher