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Year 6 Welcome Evenings

Welcoming Year 6 to Deer Park

On Thursday 9 June 2022 we held the first of four Welcome Evenings for the families of pupils in Year 6 who will be joining as our new Year 7 pupils in September and we are looking forward to meeting more this month.

Chiquita Henson, as Headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School and Chief Executive of The Corinium Education Trust, opened the evening. She formally welcomed the families to Deer Park.

‘It was a delight to be able to welcome pupils to the school and meet with them and their parents face-to-face for the first time in a couple of years. The pupils were enthusiastic and all were definitely looking forward to joining the school and making new friends in September. As Chief Executive of The Corinium Education Trust, I will still be working closely with Deer Park and I will be taking a keen interest in pupils’ progress.’ Chiquita Henson

Ms Henson briefly reflected on her roles and explained how she was moving fully into the role of Chief Executive from September before introducing Richard Clutterbuck as Headteacher Designate for September. She then stepped aside to let others lead the evening for the first time in 19 years!

It was a significant moment for Chiquita Henson as she handed over the reins to a new Headteacher, and for Richard Clutterbuck, who is currently one of the school’s Deputy Headtechers, as Headteacher Designate;

‘I have large shoes to fill. From a personal perspective it was a privilege to be able to welcome the Year 6 pupils and their families and reflect on the start of the journey they have embarked on at Cirencester Deer Park School and one I will be joining them on as their new Headteacher.’ Richard Clutterbuck

After Mr Clutterbuck set out our expectations, Mr Bellamy, Assistant Headteacher, covered everything from attitudes to learning, opportunities to thrive, attendance and homework, finishing with the most important of all matters: what the lunches will be like!

Christine Ellison introduced herself as our new Year 7 Year Leader from September. As our out-going Year 11 Year Leader, Mrs Ellison has just said goodbye to our Class of 2022, a year group she has been working with over the last three years.

Mr Reed, Assistant Pastoral Team Leader, reassured parents of the comprehensive pastoral support we have available.

As ever, all of the adult presenters were upstaged by our pupil presenters and, as the best ambassadors for the school, Grace in our (new) Year 11 and Toby in our (new) Year 8 spoke to the Year 6 families about their experiences at Deer Park, noting how supported they feel and encouraged the young people in the audience to take every future opportunity they are offered by the school.

Quotes from Year 6 parents:

‘I feel reassured and confident that my child will enjoy their time here.’

‘The pastoral care is really impressive.’

‘I would like to go back and study again, the subjects sound amazing.’

Year 6 quotes:

‘I am looking forward to making new friends.’

‘I can’t wait to use the Science labs and the technology rooms.’

‘The Sports clubs look amazing and I would like to act and sing in the musicals.’

‘When can I meet the school dogs?’

If you were unable to attend our first Year 6 Welcome Evening, there are 3 more opportunities to join us at 6pm in the Main Hall:

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022
  • Wednesday 22 June 2022
  • Monday 27 June 2022.

Please use the car park at the back of school near the sports facilities.