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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

The end of the summer holidays and the start of the term are always an exciting time for all the members of the school community.

It presents many new beginnings such as new classes, new faces, new courses and new schedules. It also marks the start of a year that promises to be a time for growth, challenge and adventure. Despite the best efforts of the wet weather, it has been a delight to see students, families and staff launch into a new term of learning with a real sense of commitment, energy and enjoyment.

Over the course of the last two weeks, many secondary students have been eagerly anticipating their examination results at AS and (i)GCSE levels. Indeed for the first time in the School’s history students in the Senior School received AS/A level results and (i)GCSE results this month. Although the majority of our AS results will be carried forward to next year’s A-level exams, I am pleased that students had the opportunity to sit these examinations for the first time with many performing well and others identifying areas for improvement. As the Senior School students will be carrying on with their courses into Year 13 we are anticipating a good first set of published A level results next year. The (i)GCSE examination results this year are outstanding. I am genuinely delighted for all the students as there are significant individual achievements across the board. What is particularly remarkable about the students’ achievements is that DBIS is an inclusive school, catering for students of all abilities. The grades achieved by Year 11 set a new benchmark for the School, as they are the best yet. The total percentage of grades awarded at the highest level reached 60%, a rise of 16% from last year. Please click here for the results in full HERE.

I know I speak on behalf of the whole school community when I congratulate the students on their fantastic achievements. Equally, a considerable debt of gratitude is due to the DBIS staff. DBIS is fortunate to employ an incredibly talented and professional group of teachers and educational assistants who have worked tirelessly to support our students. We are also very appreciative of the continued home-school partnership that ensures that our students are given every opportunity to succeed.

Seeing our students grow, blossom and flourish over the year ahead will be hugely satisfying for us all here at DBIS. I'm acutely aware that teaching and supporting children at its best arises from healthy staff that are well rested, open minded, clear thinking and empathetic towards the challenges of learning. Equally, I’m aware that an overwhelming amount of research shows that promoting the health and wellbeing of children within schools has a significant impact on their happiness, readiness to learn and academic achievement. I’m delighted therefore that we will be working with the world renown positive education and wellbeing coach, Clive Leach this term. Clive will work with the DBIS community from September 11-15. Through a variety of student, staff and parent sessions Clive will provide a range of strategies to help our students and adults in our community to flourish in a happy, active and supportive environment. With this in mind, I would strongly encourage you to sign up for one of Clive’s parent workshops using the following link HERE. More details on Clive's workshop can be found HERE. Additionally, working in tandem with Clive, the school’s Wellbeing Coach, Jason Broderick, will be hosting a series of parent forums in Term 1 explaining his role and explaining the School’s enhanced approach to community wellbeing. More information about Jason’s parent sessions will follow over the coming weeks. In the meantime, best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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