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Sunnier days ahead 2016 gained itself something of an infamous reputation for the number and calibre of stars and celebrities who departed. Many of us in school who celebrated the arrival of 2017 will therefore have looked forward with some relief to better days ahead: seeing our fantastic Y7s further embed themselves in the school; supporting Y9s in making crucial choices about future courses and helping our Y11s keep their hopes and aspirations high as they enter the home stretch for their important exams. And, of course, there would be the school production of High School Musical, the after-school activities, the plans to make to welcome our new Y7 intake in June, sporting fixtures to fulfil (including many cup finals), inter-house competitions to arrange, sports day to organise… so much to do. To say that Ofsted came as a surprise would be something of an understatement. While schools are never unprepared for ‘the phone call’, we were certainly unprepared for the outcome. Suddenly there were interviews with the Sheffield Star to conduct, letters to write, MPs to meet and a collective sense of disbelief to manage. That we have done so is testimony to two things: firstly, to the overwhelming support we have received from you—our community; secondly, to the strength and resilience of the staff I have the privilege to work with. I am humbled on a daily basis by the determination and tenacity they have shown in the face of our recent adversity. Having worked in schools for twenty-five years, I am completely

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confident that your children enjoy excellent support, that they are well looked-after and cared for and that they are challenged to be their best both in and beyond the classroom. Our challenge in facing the brightening days of summer is to continue to do our very best for your children: to change what needs to change and to cling tenaciously to those things we treasure. This is our commitment to you and your children: the delivery of an outstanding educational experience that is not subject to the whims of Ofsted nor the latest fads of whichever government holds office. Our spirit and commitment remain undimmed. Together, we will achieve. Joel Wirth Headteacher


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Y11 students are working hard as they gear up for their exams and we are proud to recognise them for their GRIT and very positive attitude towards learning. In addition, we also recognise them for being good citizens who contribute positively to the school community. Here are two great Nightingale This year Ecclesfield truly embraced the World Book Day spirit with various activities and events going on around school in order to help celebrate all things book related. Amongst other competitions on the day was the staff dress up – fiercely contended and deservedly won by Mrs Evans in the Maths department, the form quiz won by NCW and the get caught reading competition won by Hannah Kendrick and Charlie Day – Well done to all!

students who won the #Respect! & #Successis... awards in a recent assembly, showing their commitment to school life and the wider community. Well done, girls! Miss C Fancett Assistant Headteacher Community Cohesion and Student Engagement