Resilience and determination

New head teacher at Rastrick High School, Steve Evans.
New head teacher at Rastrick High School, Steve Evans.

I am always amazed at the resilience and determination of young people at this time of year, writes head teacher Steve Evans.

The examination period for students in an arduous one, stretching over several weeks, yet students arrive at school and just, well, get on with it!

Yes there is the odd moan about revision, the heat/rain, more revision and the need to wear a tie during an examination, but the students at Rastrick have been simply superb, happy to discuss how they felt the examination went (with at least a dozen or so members of staff who have asked them the same question) and are happy to forego their social time for that last-minute cramming session.

I’m incredibly proud of them and truly believe they will get the great results they deserve and fulfil their potential.

Amongst the pressure of formal examinations we have had several sporting successes, including two great Calderdale Cup final wins for our boys’ football teams in Year nine and Year 10.

I also have to mention our triumph in the Sky Sports Living for Sport competition where Mr Dean Watson (our Achievement Leader in Year seven) led a group of Year 10 boys to win the Project of the Year.

The project involved using sport to improve the boys’ attendance, punctuality and motivation in lessons. It proved such a success that one of the boys involved, Frankie Howarth, was nominated for Student of the Year (coming in a notable second place).

The awards ceremony was shown live on Sky Sports and proved to be a great occasion, not least because the team were presented with their award by David Beckham and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

It wouldn’t be Rastrick if I didn’t mention the fantastic musicians at the school. The performances of the students at the Spring Music Festival and at the guitar ensemble led by Peter Cain were just two highlights from a very successful year.

It has been my first year at Rastrick and I can honestly say I cannot believe we are already in the summer term. We have crammed a lot into two terms and have a very busy final half term planned; full of hard work, but also filled with events, recognising the progress our students have made since September.