As always it's been another very busy half term and also a very successful one!
By now you will have received a copy of the letter from Her Majesty's Inspectorate, following their visit in January. We are delighted with this as it really does show the improvements made at Manor Croft. There is a clear understanding of the huge task we faced when we became an Academy in September 2012, but it is good they recognise that we are leading the school effectively towards becoming a good school and are "turning a corner". If you have not received this letter it is available on the Academy website.
I am also really proud of how our Year 11 students are approaching the remaining weeks before their final exams. To date there has been a total of 3,000 interventions held before and after school, during the holidays and at weekends. The vast majority of students have attended some of these and they seem really focused on their revision. This is a stressful time for these students but their early preparation will certainly help them go into the exams with confidence.
There have also been further successes on the rugby field. Our Year 11 students continue their winning streak and are due to play in the Champion Schools National quarter final against Glantaf in South Wales (date TBC). We wish the lads the best of luck with this very important game.
Our Year 8 team have also had a very successful season so far. They recently beat Malet Lambert High School (a school in Hull), with a score of 29-22 to reach the finals of the Yorkshire Champions Schools Cup against Outwood Grange. This is due to be played on Thursday 14th April; the venue and time are still to be confirmed. There has been fantastic support for the boys from students and parents all the way through the competition but I am sure the team would welcome any more support at the final; we will announce more details once they are confirmed. To celebrate this achievement and thank the boys for their efforts we held a celebration lunch today with cakes and drinks; and as you can see from the photo they were very quickly devoured!