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Mar 29, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends

As Easter is so late this year and the weather is getting better (just!) and the daffodils are out, students are  allowed Summer uniform from Monday 1st April.  This means jumpers are optional and short-sleeved shirts are allowed. 

Richard Bramley

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Feb 22, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends We had the Young Americans in school from Friday to Sunday with a brilliant show Sunday night.  94 students from Lady Lumley’s, Pickering Juniors and St Joseph’s took part with the 18 Young Americans and all had a fantastic time.  This is the third time we have had the Young Americans...

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Feb 1, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends I was asked by Karen Darley at the Gazette and Herald for a comment about the recently published school performance tables.   I wrote quite a bit and, understandably, only a small section made into the article as Karen had to squeeze in comments from all four local secondary schools.   Seems a...

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Headteacher's Blog

Jan 18, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents and Carers Immunisations Please make sure you sign up at  www.hdft.nhs.uk/immsconsent in order that your son or daughter can have these very important immunisations. : HPV vaccinations to girls in year 8 Men ACWY vaccination for all children in year 9 DTP vaccination for all children in year 9 MMR vaccinations for any child aged 5-19 The Childhood immunisation team come...

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Dec 4, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends With over 500 e-mails and letters making a strong case for its retention, Lady Lumley’s has decided to keep Christmas in 2018. Students have been made aware of this in tutor time today (Tuesday) through a common presentation explaining where we have been, why, and where we are going. The Christmas...

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Headteacher's Blog

Nov 21, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends In assemblies this week, Mrs Paul, one of our teachers of RE, spoke about Christmas and whether the message of Christmas has been lost and buried under an avalanche of commercialisation.  Christmas is a day celebrating the birth of Jesus and should be a time of good will to all, yet...

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Headteacher's blog

Oct 17, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends SEND – Consultation on changes to the High Needs Budget: 5th Oct - 11th Nov 2018 North Yorkshire County Council is currently consulting on three specific proposals for change to the High Needs Budget.  This could affect children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), children who are permanently excluded or at...

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Oct 12, 2018

Headteacher's Blog


Category:Headteacher,General,
Posted by: rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends

There was a really interesting interview with Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted on Radio 5 on Thursday morning. Ms Spielman spoke about too many schools, ‘teaching to the test’ and narrowing their curriculum in order that the students, and hence the school, achieved the right grades to make the school statistics look good. Ms Spielman said she did not blame the teachers (quite rightly) and used the phrase “nobody came into teaching to get the perfect Progess 8 score”.  She went on to say that good teaching (and hence good learning) will always produce good outcomes, but it is possible to produce good outcomes without good learning. Unfortunately it is possible to cram students into rows, have them sit down and shut up and teach them ‘what they need to know to pass the test’.  We don’t do that.  Lady Lumley’s has always believed, and I hope always will believe, that we are here for the students not the scores.  We put the students at the heart of everything we do. For instance, we have an almost free choice of options in Year 9 and build the curriculum around the students’ choices. We do the same at A level.  We do not believe we should restrict the subjects a young person studies just because the scores she gets won’t fill the right boxes or ‘buckets’ for the school.  It was refreshing to hear Ms Spielman talk of rebalancing the Osfted judgments to move away (if only a little) from the school’s scores and to instead consider the experience of the students and whether we have actually taught them something and helped kindle a lifelong love of learning.  Anyone who knows Lady Lumley’s school knows that we have always said that the students and their learning come first, the results will follow.  We get good results because of the learning, not instead of it.  It is understandable why so many schools have put the cart before the horse, but it is not right for the young people who put their faith in us and, ultimately, not right for the country which requires people who can think independently, stand up for themselves and love learning for its own sake.

Richard Bramley

 

Sixth Form News

On Thursday Evening, Lady Lumley's sixth form were invited to attend the Ryedale School Pathways Evening; an event offering advice and guidance to Year 10 and Year 11 students about their post-16 options. As you will be aware, a number of students join our school community from other schools for their A Levels, with healthy numbers joining us from Ryedale School. On this occasion we took four of our current Year 13 students. They did a wonderful job fielding questions from parents and students about all matters of life in the sixth form. I would like to take this opportunity to say thankyou to Emily Calcraft, Sophie Knowles, Mary Middleton and Ella Turnbull for generously giving up their time to support the Ryedale students and parents in making such an important decision.

James Ambrose


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