Head of School Weekly Update - Friday 24th September
Dear Parents and Carers
There was a positive buzz around school on Wednesday as we opened our doors to welcome families of children in years 5 and 6 at our open evening. Potential new students were invited to try pizza made by students in the food room, try some World War 2 rations in History, and challenge themselves to try to flee the Alice in Wonderland escape room in English.
It was great to welcome families back into the school after holding this event virtually last year so they could see first hand the opportunities on offer at Pakefield. I was pleased with the exceptionally high turnout – we had to open the field as an overflow car park! I lost track of how many positive conversations I had with parents over the course of the evening, and want to thank my excellent team of staff and the 150 student helpers for showcasing our school.
A particular thank you goes to Elinor and Oliver in Year 8, who helped me with my speech to parents. Not only were they very brave in standing up to talk in front of a hall full of people, they did a much better job than me in explaining life at Pakefield and the many opportunities on offer for students.
If you are a prospective parent or carer, you are welcome to contact the school to arrange a tour during the school day to see Pakefield in action. Applications forms for secondary school admissions must be submitted to Suffolk County Council by 31st October, with national offer day following on 1st March 2022. More information about the application process can be found on the Suffolk website here.
Finally, thank you to all parents and carers that have asked to be part of our new parents’ forum – I will be getting in touch with you next week to arrange our first meeting. If you would like to be a part of this group, please let me know by Monday.
With best wishes for another warm and sunny weekend!