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From the desk of the Head Master 14 December 2018

As we approach the end of an extraordinary term, I find myself writing lots of reports - this term Year 11 and Upper Sixth, as those two year groups prepare for trial examinations in January.

I am very much enjoying reading about boys who have recognised they have to work hard to be successful, are addressing any shortcomings with the support of their teachers, and are now approaching their potential in their academic endeavours. Aim high, they are told. The fruits of those endeavours, and of those in other year groups, are not always so evident at this stage of the year, but the signs at least are very encouraging.

Outside the classroom, there has been a huge amount of evident success. The 1st XV have worked their way through the rounds of the national Schools Cup competition, beating Solihull, Bromsgrove, Uppingham and Rugby on the way, and are now booked in for a semi-final appearance at the Saracens stadium on Saturday 9th March, 2019. The hockey teams have had no less success with the 1st XI recording 7 wins from 8 fixtures. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who have taken teams in all the year groups and across all the sports after school and on Saturdays. I know how much parents and boys appreciate the time given by the staff and the encouragement those staff give the boys whether in the A team or D/E/F. I recognise that we have a particularly challenging fixture card but, to quote a manager of a leading professional team, “When we play, we either win or we learn.”  That is certainly true of school sports and I have been very pleased with what I have seen from Warwick boys both in victory and in defeat.

I wrote earlier in the term about the immediate impact of the drama and sport I had seen in those first weeks. About music I was silent. It turns out that the music department were plotting and planning and rehearsing, safe in the knowledge that when they came out to play it would be impressive. Very impressive. I was delighted to enjoy a Winter Concert which showcased some magnificent strings groups playing across the different year groups, concluding with the Foundation Wind Orchestra programme which was as good as any I have heard. As I write, I have just heard the extraordinary news that all SIX Warwick School and Foundation bands have been invited to attend the NCBF Finals at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Saturday 13th April. The groups span from our youngest boys in Mr Robertson’s ‘The Super Tonics’ all the way up to the Foundation supergroups. Those who heard them play, either at the Bandstand Showcase a fortnight ago, or at the NCBF regionals in Nottingham, will not be surprised by this recognition. I am very grateful to Mr Hogg and his team for all that they have done this term, and I look forward to tonight’s Christmas Cracker and next week’s Carol Services.

To conclude my final blog of 2018, I want to thank all those parents who have been so supportive of the school over the past term, on the touchlines and in the audiences, and particularly to those who have welcomed me to the school in the early weeks and had warm words in trying times. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a restful break.