Welcome to the start of another academic year, one that I hope will be full of excitement, challenge and enjoyment for your child at Hummersknott.

As Principal, I aim for Hummersknott to be the finest 11-16 school to be found.  In pursuit of this goal you can be assured that we will continue to drive academic standards upwards, providing the highest quality education without variation whilst ensuring that our core values of respect, responsibility and a caring attitude remain central to all that we do.  All students will have opportunities and experiences which broaden their horizons, introduce them to new cultures, languages and people and equip them fully for their role in modern society during and beyond their time with us.

Central to my educational philosophy is the conviction that a safe, happy child is one that can and will reach their potential and achieve their goals in life.  Our pastoral organisation is built around your child’s College and the key personnel within each area.  Each College has a College Manager who will oversee the welfare and support of your child throughout.  Our guidance, welfare and support provision has been rightly praised by OFSTED and will continue be central to the progress of the school as an effective learning community.

Your child’s time with us is a journey and, like all journeys, it will be marked by challenge as well as by celebration.   Each child will need the support, energy and expertise of us all to successfully navigate secondary education.   Moving forward, it is vital that we continue to work in partnership with you on all aspects of your child’s education.  My expectations of staff and students at Hummersknott are clear and for this to have impact, we must have your cooperation in support of your child.  We have a well-established parent partnership group and a long standing tradition of openness and transparency as well as regular parent consultation evenings, information events, form mentor days and clear individual progress and attitudes to learning reports.

As you are no doubt aware, the educational landscape is a shifting one and as such, we will endeavour to keep you well informed about developments and our responses to them in relation to your child’s progression through school.  At present, our staff are developing approaches to assessment, recording and reporting systems in the light of the removal of national curriculum levels and the requirements of new GCSE courses.  We will be hosting a series of information events as this work progresses.  Curriculum guides for all years will be published early in the autumn term to accompany these meetings.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s education with us please do not hesitate to contact us at school.