As always I am sure the new academic year will prove to be exciting, challenging and successful in equal measures. Our main focus over the next two years will be ensuring the school is well placed to meet the demands of the government white paper when they are implemented in 2019, particularly in supporting schools where pupils may be at risk of exclusion.
As well as formulating this strategic work and trialling interventions we should not lose sight of our success in moving pupils on from an APS setting. In 2015 – 2016 it was pleasing to see the high number of pupils who we were able to secure either mainstream or more specialist settings for. The success of not only securing these places but in the pupils maintaining them speaks highly of the preparative work we do with them, their families and receiving schools.
For those pupils who remain on roll we remain focused on meeting their needs, whether this is academic intervention, identifying and supporting SEN or emotional needs, achieving creditable qualifications or working with their families.
I am sure 2016 -17 will see St George’s providing the best possible opportunities to all pupils whilst continuing to serving both the local and wider community.