Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up 25th February 2022

A great first week back for this half term. Despite the wind, rain and hail, everyone has been fully involved in the multitude of curriculum activities and performing brilliantly. We have had some excellent news across this week which I am thrilled to be able to share.

Firstly, on Tuesday we had a full NACE re-accreditation inspection looking at the sustained excellent provision in our whole curriculum for able pupils. The National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) first granted this award to Duncombe in December 2017 and have re-accredited Duncombe again! By way of context, we are the only school in the area to have and retained this accolade and one of only a handful to have it regionally. It speaks to the excellent pupils and staff who continuously work hard and the opportunities for all pupils to be stretched and make incredible progress across all aspects of their school experience both inside and outside the classroom.

To further underscore this, I am delighted to share that with the final 11+ Independent school outcomes shared, our Year 6 pupils have excelled themselves with a record breaking 16 Scholarship offers! With 6 Academic, 5 Sport, 3 Music, 1 Art and 1 All-rounder scholarships offered, it is clear to see why we did so well with the NACE re-accreditation. All Year 6 have performed exceptionally well with every child who sat gaining a place at an Independent School. I will write in much more depth about this in my usual Easter letter to parents, but I just could not sit on such a wonderful achievement. I know you will join me in congratulating the pupils and staff on such an amazing set of results.

Year 3 were greeted with salutations of ‘Salvete’! this morning as they enjoyed a day as a Roman, learning about many aspects of Roman history including the creation of numerous Roman artefacts. They were dressed for the occasion and were fully involved in the whole series of events. Do look out for a report soon.

Year 5 headed to the Bhaktivedanta Hindu temple on Wednesday for a wonderful trip linked to their learning in RE. I am very pleased to share that the pupils were praised by their hosts for their excellent behaviour and informed questioning. On speaking with some pupils, it was very clear that this was a most informative and enjoyable event. Do look out for the fuller report on our newsfeed.

Next week is action packed with a significant focus on World Book Week. Miss Morley has a whole host of events and experiences lined up including; workshops with our Patron of Reading Mo O’Hara, our very own parent publisher Mrs Gemma Cooper who supports us so splendidly, Anthony Glenn, Buddy Reading events, and the big one- the Character Catwalk in our costumes on Thursday all based around the theme of Heroes and Villains. Wow! A mammoth week indeed.

Have a wonderful weekend. Mr Phelan.

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