School closes for May half term on Friday 24 May 2024 at 2.55pm and gates reopen on Monday 03 June 2024 at 8.15am

Can you believe it? We’ve already wrapped up an incredible four weeks of this brand-new academic year, and we’re excited to share our latest updates with you! Before we go into everything that has been going on I would like to invite all parents and carers of our wonderful Year 7 students to our annual ‘Settling in Evening’ – it will take place on Thursday the 12 October: 5:15pm – 7pm *No booking required, just attend on the night*. More information will be sent home with Year 7 students.

First, Meet Our Superstar: 🌟  

We’re thrilled to introduce our newly appointed Assistant Vice Principal SENDCO, the one and only Mr. Andrew Wexler (although he might blush at the mention of his “Sunday name”!). Andy has been a cherished member of our school community for quite some time. He initially joined us back in 2003, ventured off to another school in Salford, but guess what? His heart belongs to Flixton, and he returned in 2018! Not only is Andy an outstanding Math teacher, but he’s also incredibly thrilled to take on this exciting new role.   

Andy has a deep passion for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), especially focusing on the amazing work around autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He’s overcome his own physical challenges while growing up, and now he’s ready to lead the charge! 

🤝 Get Ready for an Incredible Journey: 🤝  

Andy and our SEND team, made up of our outstanding teaching assistants, are pumped to collaborate with you and your families this year. Get ready for some exciting announcements because we’re currently planning to host some coffee mornings at FGS where you can meet this fantastic team and have all your SEND-related questions answered. 🍵☕ This is going to be a warm, welcoming, and supportive space for everyone.  

But wait, there’s more! Trafford SEND local offer advisors are also joining the action by hosting their own coffee mornings. These sessions will focus on peer support and introduce you to inspiring speakers and fantastic SEND services. You’ll find all the details on our Facebook page and X (Twitter) feed, so keep your eyes peeled! 

This Week’s Highlights  

Assembly Insights: This week, our engaging assemblies were all about “Support for Learning.” Our fantastic Assistant Vice Principals, Miss Wilson and Mrs. Croniken, inspired students to embrace the learning cycle and become independent learners. Key takeaways? Don’t forget to jot down your homework in your planners, prep your uniform and PE kit in advance, and make the most of our online platforms like SAM Learning and GCSE POD!   

External Visitors: On Wednesday I had the pleasure of taking a visitor around the school. Mrs Symons walked all around the corridors and came over to the canteen during lunch. She was so impressed with how polite all our students were and said the school had such a lovely atmosphere – I was so proud as she has incredible experience in the education sector as a Headteacher, Ofsted inspector and educational consultant.  

Football Fever: If the Carabao Cup wasn’t enough our incredible football teams rocked the English Schools Cup this week! Our Year 8 & 9 stars faced Cheadle Hulme School and put up a strong fight, even though they narrowly lost 2-1. Special shoutout to the amazing Tamzin M in Year 9 for her spectacular top-right-corner strike from long range—BOOM! Meanwhile, our Year 10 and 11 team journeyed to Fred Longworth School, and while the opposition’s keeper made a brilliant penalty save to keep their score at 3-2, our team showcased outstanding sportsmanship. Plus, guess what? We’ve got some snazzy new kits on the way, all thanks to the incredible support from our friends at Flixton. THANK YOU! 👕 

💪🎭 Girls Empowered  

On Thursday several of our Year 8 students took part in an exciting expressive outreach event. They had the opportunity to delve into the world of female empowerment through a series of engaging activities inspired by the performance of ‘Emmeline.’ Thank you to the team for working brilliantly with our students. 

🌟 National Apprenticeship Show!  

Our Year 11 students had an incredible time at the National Apprenticeship Show this Wednesday morning. Thanks to the wonderful Mrs. Bates and the Year 11 form tutors for organising this fantastic opportunity. Students got to interact with the region’s top Employers, Colleges, Universities, and Training Providers face-to-face, gaining valuable insights into their future careers and education prospects.  

📆 6th Form Open Evening – Save the Date! 📅 

Mark your calendars! Our amazing 6th Form Open Evening is set for November 16th. It’s a chance to explore a vibrant part of our school community where students thrive. Don’t miss out—save the date, get it in your diaries. We can’t wait to see you there! 👩‍🎓 

🍞☕ Morning Delight at ‘Artisan’!  

Don’t forget! Our ‘Artisan’ canteen is open bright and early from 8 AM, even before the school gates swing open. Students can pop in for some cozy warmth, enjoy free toast, and sip on juice. It’s the perfect spot to meet with friends or get some homework done. The more, the merrier! 🤗 

As always thank you for on-going support. These past few days have been truly wonderful, and as we embark on week 5, we anticipate even more opportunities for growth, learning, and sharing. I’d like to conclude this week’s communication with a quote from the inspirational figure, Helen Keller. Her words encapsulate the essence of our collective journey over the past four weeks: 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller 

Miss Danielle Tedford | Acting Principal