Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 21st September 2018

This week began with our students visiting 2BR Radio to make a radio jingle for our Open Evening. Our students had a great time, courtesy of the team at 2BR, as they were able to see first-hand how a radio station works. They came back to Marsden Heights very excited about their morning out of college and I cannot wait to hear all their hard work on the radio.

Tuesday saw our Passport to Success Evening for our Year 11 parents. This was an information evening to share with parents the demands of the new GCSEs and to help prepare our students for the stamina needed to be successful in their forthcoming examinations. This begins the journey with our parents so that they can feel comfortable and confident, leading the learning at home with a number of shared revision workshops at Marsden Heights.

Wednesday saw our Year 10 VCERT students out on a trip to Leon in Manchester to look at how the restaurant has developed in terms of its ethos, its branding, its packaging and the effective running of the restaurant too. A great day out planned by Miss Nuttall!

Mash and Mr Ayub were working with a group of our students and Building Bridges on Wednesday and despite the fact that the weather forced them inside, there was a great deal to talk about with our students and the Talking Society. What a great way for our students to have a voice in their community!

Thursday saw us with not only strong winds and rain but it was also our Meet the Tutor Evening where we were meeting parents to look at how best to work together to support our children in Year 7.

It has been a very busy week this week with a great many events happening and many more being planned. Our Year 11 received new timetables with their Period 6s in place. This is an opportunity on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for our Year 11s to consolidate and deepen their learning from the week of teaching … I too am looking forward to beginning my classes with my Year 11 English group next week.

Enjoy the weekend!

Marsden Heights Nelson Open Day

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 14th September 2018

What a wonderful start to our Autumn Term 2018! Not only have we started the year knowing that we have gained our best results ever in the history of Marsden Heights but also we have the largest number of children in our school as many of our year groups are completely full.

Our new Year 7s have settled well. Their first week consisted of being taught the MHCC Way by the Senior Leadership team, comprising myself, the two Deputy Headteachers, 3 Assistant Headteachers, a Senior Teacher, Mash and Mrs Pickering, our Transition Co-ordinator. We loved teaching our new Year 7s;they were absolutely fantastic!

This week saw us planning and preparing for two events. The first was our Year 11 Geography Field Trip to Grasmere. Undaunted by the possibility of rain, Mr Collinge and Mr Dawes set off with our Year 11 Geography students for the Lake District. Our Year 11s have settled back into their preparations for their forthcoming exams and we begin their Period 6s next week with Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights all in use by subjects to support our students.

Our second event this week was today and was our Flag Day. Two years it has taken to see our flagpoles in place and our college flag has been designed, developed and printed by Andy Cooke from Positive Solutions. He joined us today to celebrate the raising of our college flag and our Union Flag with our Governors, Azhar Ali and Paul Fuller, our Faith Friend, Afrasiab Anwar and Councillor George Adamson. Our MP, Andrew Stephenson joined us too and he was involved in our flag ceremony. Both Andrew and myself were lucky enough to hand over the flags to our Head Boy, Head Girl and our Deputy Head Boy and Girl who then raised the flags. Watched by our Year 7 and 8 students and staff, it was a truly special moment.

On a sad note we were so upset by the vandalism to our college minibus over the Summer. Our children will really suffer as we have always used the bus on most days. Our children have been brilliant in coming forward with ideas for raising money for a new minibus and this truly gladdens the heart and spirit.

My thanks go to all the parents who have parked on the main road and elsewhere in order to make Edge End Lane safe for our students. This week has been fantastic on duty at the gate to see parents walking in to meet their children. Many , many thanks … let’s keep this up!

Next week sees us with two more really important events: our Year 11 Passport to Success Evening to support our parents in knowing how to lead the learning at home and our Meet the Tutor Evening for our Year 7 parents on Thursday evening to see how well their children have settled. We are really looking forward to it.

Enjoy the weekend.