This week I have spent 2 days away from school on an NSPCC Designated Safeguarding Lead course. It contained some harrowing material and also reminded me of the complex world we now live in. More than that, being in a classroom for 2 days reminded me of how exhausting it must be for some of our students. As ever, I made some very good contacts with other professionals and it is always good to hear that what you are doing is entirely in line with the rest of the country. Having said that, I think I must have 'waxed lyrical' as quite a few of my colleagues on the course want to come and visit Wensleydale School and Sixth Form to see what we have achieved.

Today is shirt signing day, as many of Year 11 are currently sitting their last GCSE exam. I cannot praise the students and parents enough for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Although some still have a few remaining exams, on the whole many will be sighing with relief by the time you read this.

Trips started in earnest this week, with the Yr 10 geographers hitting York for an urban survey day and our service children attending Catterick's annual families day. All risk assessed and organised with military precision, ensuring all had a productive and enjoyable day. Transition evening next week, a Yr 12 Business Trip to York and a Headteachers conference- pace doesn't slow even at this time of year!