Headmaster’s Notes: Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today

24th January 20

I was privileged to sit opposite the most senior defence advisor to Boris Johnson at a dinner in London this week. He offered me a fascinating insight into current planning inside Downing Street; particularly enthralling at such an important juncture in our nation’s great history. What struck me in my conversation was the wealth of opportunity on offer to our next generation. Whilst the future holds great promise, it is important to remember that we are all just caretakers in time, and that each of us has the responsibility, and the power, to safeguard and improve the lives of the young people in our care. At Prince’s Mead we owe it to each and every child to leave no one behind on their exciting journey.

As exciting journeys begin, others end and this week was no exception. Cheers of jubilation could be heard resonating from the Sports Hall on Tuesday, as our Year 6 pupils celebrated the end of their Common Entrance examinations. It has been a very busy week for them and I am confident that they will be rewarded with an outstanding set of results from their senior schools. A number of pupils still have assessments forthcoming, including a significant cohort undertaking their examinations for King Edward VI Southampton (KES) this weekend where we wish them well. It was a great pleasure to welcome their new Head, Mr Neal Parker, through our doors just yesterday and I felt immense pride for our pupils as he confirmed we are the top performing 11+ school when it comes to academic results to KES. Like all the excellent senior schools we feed to, I very much sense that we will continue to enjoy an outstanding relationship with KES over the next few years. As Year 6 begin to look towards the future, we will be launching an invigorated Leavers’ programme next term where we have a truly exciting and memorable line-up for them all, in between their continued academic preparation for senior school.

On Monday evening, the Prince’s Mead Association met for our termly meeting to feedback on events and funds raised and to plan some exciting events for the future. I am indebted to our Parent Teacher Committee who work tirelessly for the good of others and for the school. Through their practical help and support, they encourage a very happy and vibrant community which is a joy to be a part of. We look forward to announcing shortly further investment from funds raised, all of which will have a very positive impact upon our children.

I wish all our families are relaxing weekend ahead.

Mr Peter Thacker