Last Thursday evening saw the school open for the Year 4/5 Information Evening. We were pleased to welcome parents and children from all over the City and the South Hams, who were keen to find out more about Coombe Dean, and why it has to be the school of choice for their sons and daughters.
The New Hall was full, with more families making use of the overflow arrangements in the dining hall to see the film about students’ experience at Coombe Dean, and hear Mr Frean’s presentation explaining some of the features that have ensured that Coombe Dean is the only Plymouth secondary school to have maintained its Outstanding Ofsted rating in the new more demanding inspection regime.
At the end of this presentation, the children were sent off with some of our Key Stage 3 helpers to participate in some fun activities with staff in Science, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Product Design, ICT, Maths, Food, Music and Art. Parents made their way to the 6th Form Centre where there was a selection of information sessions for them to choose from. A new addition for the parents this year was a tour with members of the 6th Form Senate, and also the viewing of artwork which was presented ready for assessment this week.
What a superb evening it proved to be! Visitors were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, maturity and helpfulness of the students present – many commented upon this, and the excellent impression they had made. Despite work being underway in PE and Science, the impact of the 6th Form Centre, and an initial view of the PE changing rooms whetted appetites for the refurbishments which are shortly to be completed, and confirmed the fact that Coombe Dean constantly seeks to improve the learning environment for its students. Feedback showed that the information sessions by staff not only answered any questions that parents might have had, but also endorsed the fact that Coombe Dean staff are dedicated and passionate about ensuring student success.
Thanks must go to all members of the school who either behind the scenes prior to the evening, or publically on the night, worked so hard to help people understand what makes our school so special. The overwhelming feeling of the evening was one of excitement and enthusiasm, and I left the school with the words of one of the last parents to leave ringing in my ears: “I can fully understand why you are so proud of your school.”
Assistant Hedteacher, Community
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