Closing the Academic Year – A Message from Our Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

At the closing of this academic year, I write to you to express my heartfelt gratitude to you all. The last twelve months have been difficult to say the least; our children have had to endure lockdowns, remote learning and time away from socialising and friendships. I feel they have dealt with this magnificently, rising to all challenges set to them and doing so with the fortitude and tenacity that we are known for here at Moorland.

There has also been much to celebrate this year. Just last week we had an amazing event in the Ballet Academy, with all of our ballet students coming together in a celebration performance which was live streamed to parents and families. ‘Moving-Up’ week was a huge success for our Year 6 children, who got to have a taste of senior school life, including an amazing forensic science lesson with Dr. Bootle. Earlier in the year, we had Yaya Touré coaching with our football academy for a week; something that the staff and the children will remember for a long time to come.  Our Waddow Hall activity week was also a highlight in Junior school, and it was lovely to see extra-curricular trips happening again.  We look forward to much more of this as 2021 progresses.  There have been many happy times amongst lockdowns and uncertainty and our plan is to continue with this positivity when we return in the Autumn.

This week the Ballet Academy were visited by their Patron, Kenneth Tindall, who came to take a wonderful lesson with the students. In Juniors our Year 3 and 4 Assembly, Junior Sports Day and our Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly have been wonderful celebrations of the children’s year at Moorland.

Throughout the summer holidays, our infant class is remaining open to children to build upon the learning that has been done this year and prepare the infant class for the new academic year in September.  In Seniors, we have intensive English Language weeks for our Y10 and Y11 pupils and maths challenges throughout the summer holidays, culminating with some intensive maths lessons just before the start of the new term, and the Moorland Ballet Academy Summer School is fully booked, as always.

The summer break also gives us the chance to continue with our programme of improvements to the school buildings and facilities, including the creation of our BTEC Sport teaching suite.

As parents and carers, your support this year has not gone un-noticed. We have striven to provide as ‘normal’ an education possible for every child in our care, but we have would not have been able to do this without your encouragement and diligence.

I would also like to take this time to thank the amazing Moorland staff, who have collectively contributed to the smooth running of teaching and learning over the last year or so. Their commitment to our children has been incredible and I am sure you will join me in wishing them a restful summer break.

We now look forward to a more normal academic year starting in the Autumn, but until then keep safe, relax, enjoy some quality time together and have fun. From all of our Moorland family, we wish you a very happy summer break together.

Warm regards,

Jonathan Harrison

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