It seems to have been a mere blink of an eye and we are at the end of the academic year. This has been another significant year for us, and I was delighted to see so many people at the Celebration of Achievement evening which highlighted the many positive events that have taken place this year.
You will notice that this is not our old format of an end of year newsletter, as we have now moved online. The large end of term documents have been replaced by more frequent celebrations and updates online. Please see the website for more details.
This year our first cohort of pupils, who joined us in September of 2018, worked very hard in the build up to their end of Key Stage 4 exams and it was encouraging to hear that they felt staff had prepared them very well for those challenges.
We also launched the Saracens Sixth Form this year, which received over 300 applications for September 2023. Most will be studying A Levels, but the new T Levels in Health and Digital, which will be supported by Middlesex University and include extended industry placements in businesses, are going to be revolutionary in education.
We also are launching our Pre-Apprenticeship pathway, which will support young people into work within one year. If you are a local business owner and are interested in the possibility of offering apprenticeships to Saracens students, please get in touch.
At the end of each academic year it is always sad to say goodbye to colleagues as they move to pastures new. This year we say goodbye to: Mr Guez, who was one of the original ten teachers back in 2018, and we are grateful for all he has done to support pupils, set up the music curriculum as well as leading extracurricular music activities; Mrs Cenci is retiring after launching the extremely successful Food curriculum; Ms Saccaro and Miss Qureshi are both moving away to be closer to family; Mr Morraies is leaving teaching for a while to have time with his family; Mrs Waller and Miss Hirst are leaving to take up Subject Lead posts, in Science and Geography respectively, at schools in Hertfordshire; Miss Goodard is returning to full-time study; and we also say goodbye and good luck to three colleagues who have only been with us for a year – Miss Bretske, Dr Tolchenove, and Mr O’Dwyer. We are grateful to all these colleagues for the contribution they have made to our community and we wish them the best of luck for the future. We also wish good luck to Mrs Levy (nee Chilton) who will begin her maternity leave before the beginning of the new year. We look forward to welcoming her back at the end of the next year.
We are growing again, so we have a number of new staff joining us next year and we have already been joined by Miss Stevens (no relation), who takes over Languages from Miss Saccaro, and Mrs Simons, who is leading our Sixth Form.
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer break and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September, or seeing the Year 11s on results day (24 August).