Our school year ended with its usual wonderful array of events and activities. It has been a very long year in one way, yet, in another, the time seems to have flown by. It is really hard to pin point some of the best achievements of the year as there have been so many. Our recent Speech Evening was perhaps a highlight where we were able to recognise our academic successes. A direct quote from Mr Barker’s speech, following on from the results from the DfE for state schools, whereby 61% of children nationally (in state schools) had achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, summed up Beehive’s results …
“We were of course delighted to have received our own individual results from our external marking group, GL Assessments, which showed that in English, an incredible 90% of our/YOUR children made expected, more or MUCH more progress over the last year with a wonderful 28% making MUCH MORE progress, whilst in Maths 88% of our / YOUR children made expected, more or MUCH more than expected Progress with a staggering 55% making more or MUCH more. This evidence is clearly worth celebrating. Our tests are as stringent, if not more in my opinion than the government standard tests and are comparable. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the partnership between you, your children and of course the hard work and dedication of our staff. I think it would be appropriate at this time to ask all members of the Beehive Staff team who are able to be here this evening to stand up and I would ask that you all give them a huge round of applause.”
We were also treated to a whole school song – “Imagine” with an array of instruments and song – a truly memorable experience.
This has, in some ways been a difficult year globally. As media highlights the unsettling views of our nation and politics, and policies seem to create a culture of fear – with education continuing to undergo a huge amount of changes and processes, one thing we must continue to promise ourselves as a community and that is coherence. A community will only thrive with this promise. We are delighted that, in the main, we have a wonderfully supportive array or Staff, Parents and Pupils at Beehive. It is this that will help our community to grow.