Summer Newsletter and Video

As we approach the summer break, I have lots to report to you and I also need to thank you for the great support you have given us all over the last year. It is a real privilege to have your sons and daughters here at Caedmon College Whitby – a school that Ofsted officially described as “good”. Again, I would like to thank you for the good things you said to the inspectors when they visited in February.

Here is a summary of our news and please do look at the video version on line at

Lots of really good things to report

Exams – students were well-prepared and papers were fair, so fingers crossed. Year 11 and Year 13 have done a great job and have worked really hard and we now hope good results will follow.  Results days are Thursday 17 August for A-levels and Thursday 24 August for GCSE. The College will be open from 8.30am.

Dates on the calendar – please access the College website at the link above for a full list. We would be delighted to see parents and carers at the events that are on the calendar.

Uniform/Dress – – please access a full list off the website and please note that we do expect all students to be dressed correctly every day. We look forward to seeing new uniforms where needed in September.

Year 11 Prom – this year’s Prom date was 28 June, it was held at the Stables. A fantastic night was had by all the students and the behaviour was exemplary. A wonderful year group, who looked spectacular; we wish them all the very best in whatever they do next year. We look forward to welcoming students back into the new sixth form area in September.

Post 16 Centre – we are in the process of redesigning the current Learning Resource Centre to create a new Post 16 area for students to work and socialise during lunch and breaktimes. We will share more with you about this in the new term.

Year 11 Common Room – a new Year 11 common room for students to access during break and lunchtimes and at the beginning and end of the College day. This has been identified as an area needed for the students by the Student Leadership Team and we are delighted to be able to provide this. More details on this to come.

New Year 6-7 transition – they have had a fantastic few days so far, the students seem really happy and staff have made a real effort to get to know the new students and their families; it has been a real pleasure to get to know everyone. They are settling well into their new learning and we have been really impressed at how quickly they have all found their way around the site.  We arranged a celebration of learning on Thursday 13 July, where families and their previous school teachers came to come along to see the great work produced; thank you.

Year 9’s – have come across to the Normanby site, bringing with them the new SAIL (Students Agency in Learning) curriculum. A huge thank you goes to all the staff who have worked tremendously hard to develop the resources and learning materials over the last term so that students can continue to learn in this new style, taking ownership of their learning.  We will keep you updated on this.

Support staff leavers – several Learning Mentors, admin and Learning Support Assistants – plus Vikki Orton, Sarah Clancy, Michelle Waudby, Sue Canty, Hilary Robinson and Maggie Kelly are leaving this summer.

Teaching staff – Justin Draper, Phil Woods, Russell Hooper, Geraldine Malone, Stephen Horn and Lisa Mussett are all moving on. We wish all of the above good luck next year.

Two senior members of staff – Sam Jones deserves congratulations on passing the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and she also has a new job as Deputy Head in Buxton, Derbyshire.

Alison Dimbleby – a fantastic stalwart of the College, is retiring. We wish them both well.

New Staff – Miss Lisa Thompson (English), Ms Sarah Walker (Science), Miss Jane Wallace (Humanities) – really good teachers – will be here in September and we look forward to working with them.

Staff promotions – Mr Steve Graham, Assistant Principal who will deal with all matters at KS3 and developing our SAIL curriculum and Mrs Vicki Rahn, Deputy Principal – congratulations to both.

Homework and Realsmart – we are introducing a new independent learning policy for all of our students at KS3, KS4 and KS5; this will replace our current homework policy. The aim of this policy is to support students in their ownership of their learning. These tasks will be presented on Realsmart with the information and resources for students to complete and access the tasks, wherever they are working.

I hope you all have a lovely summer with your family, all at College are looking forward to working with you next year.

Best wishes
Keith Prytherch

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