Open Evening speech Tuesday 10th September 2019 Good Evening everyone and welcome to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School. And welcome back to many of you - I recognise some of your smiley faces from our open mornings in July. Hands up who came in for the open mornings in July – Oh great – can anyone remind me of something you really enjoyed on those days? I hope you enjoy your evening. I also recognise some of the children’s faces from my recent assemblies in the Primary schools. Hands up if I went into your school to take an assembly? Oh good! Can anyone remember what the assemblies were about? The assemblies and work with primary school is so important. It works on so many levels. You get the opportunity to discuss the importance of school, why we go and how important it is to make every day count. After a while I think that many students realise that yes secondary school is different in a lot of ways, but in so many others, its exactly the same – we want the very best for the students and families who put their trust in us. When I asked the students why we come to school most of them said, “to get a good education and to get a good job”. But as I quizzed them more – they started saying things like – to make friends and so that they can look after themselves and their family when they grow up. Which – when you think about it – are also very important elements of school life – ensuring our young people are confident young adults that can contribute to our society? The feeling in LCHS is something which I believe is unique. Students are treated as individuals where all are cared for and encouraged to reach for personal excellence. LCHS is not just a school, it’s a community, a family – who work together to help one another realise their dreams. I am immensely proud to be part of the LCHS community and as you walk around – of course, take time to look at our exceptional facilities – our swimming pool, Gym, Sports fields, 6th form centre, ICT suites, Science labs, Languages corridor, Mathematics classrooms, our SEN and Gifted and talented provision – try to imagine being a part of this supportive, dedicated and focussed community. The History at LCHS is amazing – 900 years of Educating Lincoln. Making the choice to come here will see you being a part of that history – continuing the legacy of excellence which thousands have done before you. The core aims of our school are Every student, member of staff, parent, carer and members of our community will be treated with respect within our inclusive organisation. Our school will provide high quality opportunities and care. We will promote tolerance and understanding which will enable every student to make informed decisions regarding their future path. We will nurture talent and encourage pride in academic excellence. We understand that academic excellence is different for every student but insist on every student aiming for their best in every project, piece of work or lesson. High standards of behaviour is expected from every student.These values are not complicated but they underpin everything we try to do.If, as I read them out, you were thinking – yes, I agree with that, or yes that is really important – then I would urge you to seriously consider LCHS as your secondary school provision.Our school is riding on a high at the moment – we are in the third year of record breaking results – and we are not yet at our peak. Already we are gearing up for another great year and we are putting ideas into place which makes sure that the amazing results that our A-Level and GCSE students have had for the past 3 years continues in its record breaking trend.Our school is pushing up its expectations – reaching ever higher – and we have no plans to stop any time soon.I am increasingly humbled by the trust that young people and their parents/carers have in our school to deliver an excellent education. We do not take this responsibility lightly and will be relentless in our quest to ensure that every child reaches their personal excellence.So enjoy your evening – find out what you can – see if you will be a part of the next chapter of our history.