Headmaster’s September Blog

Dear Parents/Carers

This week’s blog starts with special congratulations to our Year 11 football team that won all of their group matches before narrowly losing 1-2 in the Semi Final of the ISA Midlands Football Tournament in Nottingham.

Having enjoyed my first visit to the Harpole Scarecrow Festival at the weekend I am very excited about the prospect of Quinton House School staging our own Scarecrow Trail on Friday 28th September as part of the fund-raising effort for the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Staff will be making our scarecrows after school next week and our Prefect teams will be working with their allotted class groups on their chosen theme. Details of the day will be circulated soon.

Statistics suggest that in an average class of thirty 15-year old students at any one time, 3 will have a mental health illness, 6 will be self-harming, and 7 are likely to have suffered from bullying behaviour. Suicide is the most common cause of death in the UK for 15-24 year olds. These harrowing statistics are a concern for all schools and it is important that we work together with parents to explore the issues about children’s mental well-being. Our Back to School Evening this year will focus on the teaching of well-being at Quinton House School and will include an interactive and interesting exploration of some of the work we will be doing at the school. All parents are invited to attend and we ask that you notify Mrs Tipler (samantha.tipler@quintonhouseschool.co.uk) if you will be joining us at 6pm on Monday 1st October in Upton Hall.

Upton Hall hosted the English Heritage Open Weekend and our own Open Morning for prospective parents this week. Impressive as the buildings may be, the most striking feature of both events was the wonderful character, behaviour and communication skills of our student guides.

Our students have all made an especially positive start to the school year and I now look forward to heading off with our new Year 7’s to God’s Own Country (Yorkshire) with them on their bonding trip in two weeks time.
Tim Hoyle

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