Since arriving at Peterhead Academy I have been committed to improving Teaching and Learning and by maintaining this commitment and driving work ethic, I believe, we will keep improving results and provide the best possible support for our pupils. Last year saw the initial results of these efforts and I am pleased to say the trend of improving results has been seen again this year. Thank you all for your support in improving attainment at the school. While acknowledging this improvement, there is still work to do and to ensure continuous improvement of results the same pace, drive, dedication, urgency and challenge will be required of all pupils, staff and parents.
We will use our values to support everything we do ensure our pupils meet their potential at the Academy. These values are Positivity, Aspiration, Perseverance, Equality and Responsibility = Success.
I am pleased to report a significant amount has been invested in the Academy over the last year, the highlight being the new open learning area located in the Maths Faculty. Four classrooms have been redeveloped to create a learning environment which can be used by any Faculty to support the needs of the pupils and enhance their learning experience. This is now a bright, welcoming area, with new furniture and ICT resources available, structured in a way to accommodate a range of group working formats. I believe this new environment will stimulate our pupils and support their learning and I would invite you to come and see this area during this session’s parent’s evenings. In addition to this, a number of classrooms have benefited from new desks and chairs, which has helped to brighten up these rooms and improve the learning environment. These new desks are also designed to accommodate group work which is key to improving attainment. Finally, there has been a substantial investment in our ICT equipment and infrastructure which has greatly improved the service and resources available to pupils.
All staff, pupils and parents continue to have a part to play to ensure pupils succeed at the Academy, and we must all be focused on improving teaching and learning and I thank you in anticipation of your continued support.