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Welcome message by the new Principal

posted Jan 11, 2017, 2:30 AM by J Grant   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 2:41 AM ]
Holyhead is special because of the commitment to high aspirations, shared by our staff, our students, our parents/carers and the local community. 

The aim of the school is that every young person who leaves us at 16 or 18, goes on to fulfil their potential and contributes to making Soho Ward a place full of pride, ambition, vision and success. 

We are excelling in our pursuit of those aims and our GCSE and A Level results in 2016 have proven once again that we can compete with the top performing schools in the country. Our students use their outstanding achievements to gain access to high quality further/higher education courses and apprenticeships. The number of our students who continue with their education far exceeds the local and national averages. We are very proud of our success and the challenge to every new cohort of students is to surpass the record breaking achievements of those who came before them.

Ofsted and other external agencies recognise the high quality of learning and teaching in a safe and supportive environment. Our latest inspection report highlights many areas where the school continues to provide an ‘outstanding’ education. More important than this, the school remains popular with the local community and the high demand for places is symptomatic of our strong reputation locally and nationally. As a school that is so proud of its community ethos, there can be no greater recognition of the experience we provide.

Increased academic success, however, is not the only benchmark of which we are proud. We are constantly striving to improve the effectiveness of our inter-personal relationships with students and with each other. This year, we are launching an exciting new initiative called ‘The Edge’ which is aimed at improving the character and behaviours of everyone in the school community. Staff and students alike will be taking personal responsibility for
developing characters in five areas:
  • Leadership 
  • Organisation 
  • Resilience 
  • Initiative 
  • Communication 
Much of our work is driven by our not being satisfied with being ‘outstanding’. We are continually looking for opportunities to move the school forward and I am excited about our plans for innovative methods of teaching, creative approaches to curriculum design and high quality student support. Our partnership with the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce) will continue to grow and develop, aiming to enrich society through ideas and action. They are also our central partner in developing Initial Teacher Training (ITT), to provide the next generation of fantastic teachers.

As you are already aware, Martin Bayliss, Holyhead’s Principal for the last 15 years retired at Christmas alongside Amanda Cottam, Senior Vice Principal, who has served the school for 37 years! We will miss them dearly and wish them a happy retirement.

Having been part of the school’s journey since 2006, I am honoured to be taking the school forward as Principal. I intend to continue with the fine example set by my former colleagues. I am committed to maintaining the highest standards and I am confident that by working together there are no limits to what the community of Soho Ward can achieve. Thank you for taking the time to find out a little about our work. You are welcome to visit, at any time. Please visit or follow us on Twitter @holyhead_school for more information.

I look forward to welcoming you and your child to Holyhead in 2017.

Ross Trafford

January 2017