Principal’s Blog: Welcome Back

Welcome back to a new school year and to our new website, which is much easier to use and contains a lot more information. We will be using the website and Facebook pages to give even more information about the academy; what we are doing, dates, holidays, trips and news, so please do keep checking it.

Many of you will know the sad news that popular and well known ex-teacher at Penrice, Andy Lay, passed away during the summer holidays. There were many ex –students at the funeral and even more have placed tributes on the Facebook page opened in his memory. He will be much missed.

We celebrated with Year 11 this summer when the results were announced in August. You will see the photos, where the faces show a mixture of relief, joy and delight as the envelopes were opened. Some subject areas enjoyed amazing results – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, art, photography all had nearly 100% A*-C, nearly half of all the students in the year achieved at least one A* and every student passed at least five GCSEs. As one year group leaves, another takes its place and today we welcome our new Year 7 who seem to have had a very good day. No tears and lots of smiles – just what we wanted.

David Parker, Principal