Message from Executive Headteacher

We have had a busy start to the new school year and I would like to congratulate our pupils on the positive attitudes we are seeing in the vast majority of cases. Once again, we have seen a further improvement in school uniform and behaviour. However, just a reminder to pupils and parents that hoodies and other non-uniform tops should not be worn anywhere within the school grounds. Coats should be worn outside if the weather is cold, rather than hoodies.

We have been very impressed with our new Year 7 who have made an excellent start to their secondary school careers at Alderwood. I always see lots of smiling, happy faces around the school and any early navigational issues seem to have been resolved!

If you have visited the senior school this term, you will have noticed that the PE changing rooms and corridor were refurbished over the summer break, and this has transformed the whole PE block. With our new Orion building, as well as new interactive whiteboards in many classrooms, our school is gradually being updated to provide a more stimulating learning environment for all.

Thank you to those pupils who volunteered to help out at our recent Open Evening – in total, around 160 pupils gave up their time, which shows how proud they are to be part of Alderwood School. A huge well done also to the pupils from our Junior Leadership Team who came along to a governors’ meeting last month. They spoke very eloquently and positively about the changes which have taken place at Alderwood over the last 2 years, and they were also keen to work with governors on future improvements for the school.

I would like to express my gratitude to  Leanne McDermid who has been Chair of the PTA for the last few years; she is now stepping down from the post. Leanne has done a great job—thank you!

And finally, please don’t forget to complete the short online parental survey, Parentview, which will be seen by OFSTED when they visit. The website address is https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk . Thank you to the parents who have already submitted their responses.