It hardly seems possible that we are at the end of another academic year, and yet, the last few months of this one have been the most unusual of my school experience to date. Despite all that has happened, it has been a joy to see the children thrive in so many areas over the entirety of the year; we have seen our pupils excel academically, we continue to have a number of unbeaten sports teams and several county and national champions, we have been treated to some extraordinary performances on the stage (and online!), our pupils have raised thousands of pounds for a range of charities, visited some exciting places on trips, learnt more about our environment, and have continued to show kindness to those around them. Such achievements reflect the remarkable talent and enthusiasm of every one of our pupils here, and the dedication and commitment of the staff in support of them, in addition, of course, to the wonderful support that they receive from home.

It has been a genuine pleasure over these last few weeks to welcome almost every pupil back to school, and to witness their excitement as they have caught up with friends and teachers, whilst also embracing the projects and activities put in place with their characteristic enthusiasm and energy. It has been particularly special to have the opportunity to mark the end of our time with our Year 8 pupils, as well as others who will be moving on to pastures new in September. This is something which I didn’t think would be possible a few weeks’ ago, and so such a time has been the icing on the cake for all of us here. I am very grateful for all that they have contributed to the school over the years, and wish them the very best as they move on to their new schools.

I am very much looking forward to celebrating all that we do here at our annual Speech Day on Saturday. This year takes on a rather different format, as it will all be online, but it will still be a chance to see and hear some fantastic performances from our pupils, with a few surprises from our staff and some very special guests.

Lambrook has experienced a number of challenges over its 160 years, and this summer term has been no exception. I am, however, convinced that we will be a more dynamic, cohesive, collaborative, caring and stronger school community as a result, and I look forward to September and all that the new academic year will bring.

I do hope that the summer holiday break proves to be happy and refreshing one for your family.

Jonathan Perry

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