As a school, we focus on academic success and strive to help students to reach their potential, but we never forget that the development of character and the building of culture are equally important. This week I have been reminded once again of the opportunities outside the classroom that our pupils take part in throughout the school week.
On Monday, 11th November, I was humbled by the incredible respect that every student showed in memory of members of our armed services who have laid down their lives to safeguard our futures. As a school, we paid homage to the victims of war, especially our own former pupil Corporal Joey Etchells who died whilst serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2009. As usual, we were joined by our colleagues from the Mossley and Carrbrook Partnership schools as well as guests from Greater Manchester Police and from the Police and Army Cadet Training team. We were also delighted to welcome Tracey Akukwe and Vandis Nwanze, Head Girl and Boy from our partner school, Droylesden Academy. Thank you once again to Reverend David Warner for his involvement and prayers.