I have chosen to update my Headteacher message in this time of uncertainty. Our educational landscape has changed along with our daily lives. We know we need to be resilient and take it day by day, trying to remain positive while carefully following all guidelines. We find ourselves in circumstances we have not experienced before and it is imperative we help our community to support all of those in need. Times such as these require community cohesion and care and I am sure we are ready to do everything we can to support the vulnerable in our Teddington community.
I am very proud of my staff at Teddington School. They have been and will continue to work tirelessly to support students, providing work for students to do at home and emailing families to keep in touch.
Of course it is not ideal that so much of time in school is being missed, but the reality is the education of students will be caught up and anything missed will be covered in the months ahead. School life has simply taken a pause for the time being. We as a staff body are continuing to work from home and will continue to improve our methods of contact, feedback and online learning. Please be patient with us as this is a large change to the way we have worked thus far. Rest assured though, we are making improvements in virtual communication every day. Ms Barham has created a useful home learning guide for parents and students to use to help you schedule your learning here. It is at times like this when family becomes hugely important to everyone in the household and I urge you to take care of yourselves and keep dialogues frequent and open between yourselves and your children.
Also please do keep in touch via our twitter account with daily updates.
The Government are currently working on a national voucher scheme to support parents of children who are eligible for free school meals. In the meantime, we have free school meals available to be picked up from Teddington School reception each day.
Updates on year 11 and year 13 grades will come soon. I understand the concern with grading and the disappointment for both students and staff to not have an opportunity to take the exams in the subjects they have been working so hard on over these last months.
With all the data we have gathered in, based on our Mock exam results, I can promise you we were on track for some fantastic GCSE and A level results. Please appreciate that we cannot give any further information on grades at present until we have more guidance from the Government. I will keep you constantly updated as we learn more ourselves.
Teddington staff are determined to organise an event to celebrate Year 11 success at Teddington School, which we will schedule in as soon as life gets back to normal. We will be ready for a celebration then!
It has been an extremely turbulent and emotional time and I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement during this period. We have been overwhelmed with kind words and they are bringing us great joy to read. Thank you to all of you for taking the time to write in, it boosts our morale no end.
Keep well. Stay safe.
Ms K Pacey
Inclusivity lies at the heart of what we do and so we plan our school day around supporting, challenging and motivating all our students, all of the time.
I feel strongly that school should be a happy and safe environment for students to come to each day; we want them to thrive and achieve. This can only be realised by them being challenged and supported by all staff, at all times.
My staff came into teaching to make a difference and to improve the lives of young people and that is what we are determined to do. Our aim, ultimately, is to provide a quality education that prepares Teddington students for life beyond school.
I have been Headteacher now for a year and I have been watching us, as a school community, grow stronger and stronger every day. We are delighted to welcome a full intake of students to Year 7 and continue to grow our sixth form.
The year ahead will be a big year for us and staff are working hard to continue the tide of progress forward. We continue to have a relentless drive on making our pedagogy and school environment the very best that it can be, so I am pleased to be overseeing the growth and embedding of the great work that was achieved during the last academic year.
Our school values drive students' ambitions each day:
- Responsibility - for my own achievements; for my own behaviour around school; for my life chances
- Endeavour - to try my hardest to achieve what I want to achieve - I will never give up
- Empathy - to understand and share the feelings of those around me, and strive to achieve together
- Integrity - to uphold moral principles- challenge negativity and be a great team player
- Innovation - to strive to create new ideas.
We look forward to working hard with our students again this year. Please know my door is always open, as ever, any time, if you have anything you want to discuss. I welcome all interactions with parents, students and all Teddington stakeholders.
Thank you in advance for your support.