Principal’s Blog – 2nd December 2016

Letter To MAP Office

ITT Inspection

We have had two Ofsted inspectors in from Monday to Wednesday this week doing the Stage 2 inspection of our Initial Teacher Training programme. Stage 1 looked at the training of teachers and Stage 2 focuses on the teachers in their first jobs. Minsthorpe is the hub school of the Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) and places trainees in up to fifteen other secondary and special schools. From September 2017 we will also be responsible for primary school teacher training as well.

Whilst I will not be able to announce the result of the inspection until after Christmas I can tell you that the inspectors have been impressed with what they have seen – both in July 2016 and this week. A huge vote of thanks goes to the SCITT Team of Alys Finch, the Strategic Lead, Julie Millar, Admin Support and Julia Morgan the Lead for School Mentor Support. Also my thanks go out to all of the Minsthorpe staff who mentor and support the teacher trainees and the newly qualified teachers that we develop through our SCITT. I am so proud that we are helping to develop and train the next generation of teachers.

The Yorkshire Cup

The Year 9 Rugby team is through to the quarter finals of the Yorkshire Cup – one step away from the Nationals – after beating an outclassed Salendine Nook team by 24-8. A superb team performance that featured expansive back play coupled with some strong defence. It was the best game for the college from Jo Allen who marshalled play expertly from 7 and this was bolstered by some gritty defence and strong ball carries from both Harvey Milner Tepper and Morgan Mears. A quality match from a quality side.

On the MAP

The MAP Office provides outstanding support and careers guidance for our students. However, it does much, much more than this. Students know that the care that staff show about their career choices extends way beyond this and includes their lives and life choices as well. It is no surprise that the MAP office was a magnet for our young people over the last month as they know that that they can always find trusted adults there who care about them. One of our students handed in the note that you can see this week – it says more than I ever could.

Ray Henshaw

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