I am delighted to welcome you to the Terms 5 and 6 issue of The Matravers Newsletter. I am extremely proud of our exceptional school community and all that we have achieved over the last two terms. This edition really captures the vast breadth and depth of life at Matravers. It has once again been an extremely industrious and rewarding end to the year providing

us with many opportunities to recognise many exceptionally talented and hardworking students in our school.

Our front cover is taken from our M:Fest 2017 whole school celebration reward. This annual event, which takes a vast amount of time to plan and deliver, recognises the whole school community and brings together our Westbury community of schools. I think that it perfectly captures one of our Core Values of “Success”. We aim to empower our students to raise their aspirations towards excellence. We aim to ensure this happens by setting challenging targets and rigorously monitoring progress towards them. Through our home/school partnership we aim to engage parents in the learning success of their children. These partnerships are so vital in establishing a culture of high expectations that support our young people to become successful.

We believe that there are many ways of measuring success. This newsletter perfectly captures the essence of why our school is so successful. It is through a diversity or provision that our students are able to excel, whether that is on the sports field, in the footlights society, or up a mountain with outdoor education, to name but a few. However, what links all these are the high aspirations that our students carry; the sense that there are no limits on their potential within our community.

It is always a time of mixed emotions at the end of an academic year. We have said goodbye to our Year 13, who will be off to Universities, apprenticeships and employment shortly and also our Year 11, many of whom will be joining us in the Sixth Form next year. We have now met our newest joiners for September who are already part of the Matravers family. I would also like to welcome the many “new starters” to other years for September following a sharp increase in admissions at the end of the academic year. It is clear that parents choose our calm, focused and highly purposeful learning environment for our traditional approaches to education.

I am delighted to confirm that we will continue over the summer to improve our school facilities, delivering our Site Master Plan for the school. Our new astro-turf facility is being completed as I write this and we are already in the early stages of seeking planning permission for floodlights. We will also be upgrading the student toilets in the Dance/ Music block to much more modern and user-friendly facilities.

The participation in school trips, competitions, teams and clubs is an essential aspect of each young person’s journey through the “Matravers experience”. This newsletter chronicles the rich and diverse range of activities that occur here, and I am immensely proud of all those whose achievements have contributed to this bumper edition and who are celebrated within its pages.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer holiday. I look forward to welcoming you all back in September, refreshed and ready for all the increased demands and expectations of the new academic year.

# Dr Simon Riding, Headteacher

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