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March Message from the Head Master
5th April 2017

March Message from the Head Master

You may well remember that at the beginning of March, the College received notice of an ISI Inspection. My thanks go to those who responded to the parental questionnaire – the inspectors were very pleased with the rate of response and your comments were an important  part of the way in which they came to their judgements. The inspection report is currently with its editors at the Department for Education (a peculiar process whereby the report is supposed to be pithily low on adverbs and adjectives and still high on liveliness!) and there will be some extremely happy news to share with you on all sorts of fronts as soon as publication occurs: we will be in touch.

Charities Term has now run its course and we are about to break the £10,000 barrier for funds raised by the pupils over these last few weeks, including via Lancing’s first ever ‘Bake Off’. The cakes baked could have fed an army and in fine style too. International Women’s Day, crowned by an impassioned and provocative speech from Rebecca Hilsenrath (CEO of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission) was celebrated by all at Lancing with energy, enthusiasm and debate: social and political engagement from all sorts of angles are self-consciously lively parts of Lancing life.  House plays; the glorious Lent concert; Evensong in St Paul’s; Saturday Night Lancing Live; the CCF overnighter; sports fixtures including the ever hard-fought League Run and House Matches in Netball and Hockey and a great deal more…  all have been enjoyed alongside that chief of educational challenges and pleasures: hard work in the classroom. Lancing pupils are learning and giving of their best in a truly rounded and exciting way.

In addition to preparation for public examinations – the right and central focus for many in the weeks to come – Lancing-led adventures continue even into the holidays and as we broke up for Easter many pupils departed on trips and visits including CCF Adventurous Training in Snowdonia; the annual tennis camp in Croatia; a Geography field trip to Iceland; the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition to the Brecon Beacons and rifle Shooting Easter Camp at Bisley. No doubt we will be hearing full reports of  fun and success on their return.

Whether you are spending your Easter at home or away, I would like to wish you a restful and enjoyable time with your sons and daughters before the dizzy whirl of a new term gets underway once again.