Head’s blog – Teesside High SchoolMonday 23 September 2019 | By Samantha Hockney
A warm welcome back to all parents and pupils for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, and a very warm welcome to those of you reading my Head’s blog as a Teesside High School parent for the first time. It has been lovely to see so many new faces join our school at the start of the autumn term and a privilege to get to know some of you further at our recent New Parents’ Welcome events last week.
I must start by sharing my delight at the school’s excellent GCSE and A-level results achieved this summer. Our students continue to demonstrate outstanding academic prowess as well as a whole host of other achievements outside of the classroom.
We have strengthened our commitment to a rich and varied co-curricular programme with a slight change to the school day and devoted time each afternoon to enable pupils from Year 3 and above to enrich their education through a host of clubs and activities. Of course, a lunchtime offering continues in Pre-Prep, as well as a whole host of sporting and team practices for Senior children.
What has pleased me most with this reinvigorated offer is our contact and contribution to our local community. Initiatives such as Caring for your Community Spaces and fundraising with the local All Saints Church allow our students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, as well as positive attitudes as outward-facing young adults, keen to make a difference. Add this to new activities such as horse riding, boxing, recycling club, holiday Spanish, bush-craft and survival and Irish dancing, we are sure to offer something for everyone.
As I conclude I would like to draw your attention to our upcoming Open events, including our Open Day on Saturday 28 September, 9.30am-12.30pm, Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 1 October and Year 7 Open Evening on Tuesday 8 October (both from 6.00pm). Please do share these with your friends and family and encourage anyone who wants to find out more about joining our thriving school community.
Mrs K Mackenzie
Head, Teesside High School