A Message to Year 11
Head of School’s Message
These have been truly strange times which none of us could have predicted. Our plans to be side by side with you during your final few weeks have not materialised in the way we had envisaged. We have missed you and missed the energy and ‘buzz’ that you brought to daily school life. We miss the strong relationships you developed with each other and all our staff.
As a year group you enjoyed success on many levels; academically in the classrooms across the curriculum; on the stage in school productions such as ‘Oliver’, ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ and ‘Little Tin Gods’; events such as the ‘Summer Concerts’ and talent shows; on the sports field and sports courts (we will always be the first Lancashire school to get to the final of both the U16 boys and U 14 basketball competitions); and as young leaders helping shape the future of the student leadership team. These are but a few of the reasons why staff hold you in such high regard.
Please make sure you keep in-touch. Hearing from our alumni is important to all of us. Finding out how you are getting on and sharing in your future successes is why we do what we do. Many of you will also be the inspiration for others lower down the school – that important spark of belief that they can do amazing things too.
Most important, in the current madness, you have not and will not be forgotten. The staff are determined to make sure that you, more than any other group, get a fantastic send off.
Your tutors have spent time recently putting together a ‘Personal Statement’ about you and your time at Tarleton Academy. We hope that this document will be useful in such circumstances as applying for part-time jobs, as well as being a final way for your tutor to give an overview of the young adult you have become during your time at Tarleton Academy. You have been sent a copy of your Personal Statement by post during the last week of term.
GCSE results day takes place on Thursday 20th August. I am sure you will appreciate that this year will be quite different to normal, but no less important. In normal circumstances we would see an influx of students into the Sports Hall at 9.30am to open results alongside staff, who would be there to support students and advise on the next steps, such as college courses.
In order to reduce any worries or anxieties you may have we felt there needed to be a plan in place before we finish for the summer. We debated several options and asked for your opinions. From the recent survey that we sent out most of you want to attend school to receive your results. We are so pleased this the case. A decision has been taken to invite a reduced number of staff into the school to provide you with your results and offer any advice and guidance you may need. This will be arranged in a 15-minute time slot. This will mean we can ensure social distancing is maintained. Unfortunately, parents will not be allowed access to the Sport Hall but the rear carpark will be open for your parents to wait if they wish. For any student that cannot make their appointment your results will be available from reception between 12.30pm and 2.00pm. Results not collected at 2.00pm will be posted out first class to the home address on the school system.
The appointment times will run on a house basis as follows:
8.45am - 9.30am Daley
9.30am – 10.30am Ennis
10.30am – 11.30am Farah
11.30am - 12.30pm Wiggins
GCSE Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020
Should there be any changes in Government advice over the coming weeks in the lead up to Results Day, we will communicate with you as soon as possible.
We were all extremely disappointed that we could not go ahead with your Prom on Thursday 25th June. It is always a fantastic evening and one thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students, as well as by parents who love to join in the celebrations whilst watching arrivals at the event. We recently asked students to complete a short survey to gauge their level of interest in an alternative Prom date in the Autumn term. Again, the response was extremely positive with over 70% of students stating they want the event to run. At this stage, we are still in discussion with the Hallmark Hotel, Leyland, regarding a proposed revised date which we will communicate with you all as soon as possible.
Finally, from all the staff it is a ‘farewell for now’, with a fond reunion to look forward to. As always, we are here to provide advice, support and guidance and we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 20th August.
We hope you enjoy the short video from the Senior Staff and your House Progress Leads below - strangely enough a few were a little nervous being on camera!