Welcome to 2015 for what promises to be a significant year for everyone at Rainford High.
We continue to move forward to be the best school we can possibly be. The school's results in 2014 and the on going work with all the students in the school show the improving quality of education on offer at Rainford High. The latest figures show the school clearly adding value to all students GCSE learning with subjects such as English, Maths and Humanities performing above national expectations and Science adding value to students learning as well as achieving well above national results at GCSE.
Our Sixth Form continues to support its students to achieve good outcomes with all students leaving year 13 progressing to University, with one in four students going on to attend Russell Group Universities. This is a testament to the tremendous support and guidance the Sixth Form at Rainford offers the young people who attend.
As Principal I am sure once again we will be visited by OFSTED. It will be a pleasure to share the progress made by the school and the successes and contributions of the students and staff who are working hard to make Rainford the best school it can be for every student who attends.
We are looking forward to making 2015 a year of success for all the students at Rainford High by providing great day to day learning alongside inspirational events. This week year 11 take part in the second RED day of the year to study and reflect on the Holocaust. The day will be a memorable experience for all involved not least because the students will listen and question a Holocaust survivor. This type of opportunity is increasingly rare and precious and I would like to thank Mrs Dack our Head of Religious Studies and the Holocaust Educational Trust for making the event possible. The study and understanding of events such as the Holocaust are essential to ensure that our young people become the citizens of tomorrow we want and need to ensure fundamental values such as freedom, diversity and tolerance.
For students taking nationally recognised exams as always this year will be in many ways the most important of their lives. As a school we will focus to support every student in achieving the best grade possible, and support them in learning and achieving so that they can continue on their lifelong learning journey to achieve their ambitions and dreams.
For Year 9 2015 is already offering exciting opportunities as over the next 5-6 weeks they choice their options for GCSE study. I am already looking forward to Grease during the first week in February which I am hoping will be sold out on every night from the 4th to the 6th of February.
The school also looks forward to the sporting calendar moving on, and hopefully we can achieve both team and individual success during another packed sporting year.
I have sent a general letter to all parents asking for consideration when speaking to school staff. I appreciate that we do make mistakes but there have been a small but increasing number of abusive and aggresive communications between parents and the school. This letter has been emailed to all parents and is on the website under the letters home page.
2015 is also the 75th anniversary of the opening of Rainford High so we will be looking to remember successes of the past as well as working to celebrate successes of our present students and looking towards the future. I am sure we can all make 2015 a success for all our students and live our ethos of Everyone Matters. Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds.
Mr Ian Young