During this unsettled period the 'back stage staff' have continued to work very hard adapting the way we work to the ensure the smooth running of the School.
The School Business and Site Manager is Mrs June Sedgwick who manages the Admin, Kitchen, Domestics, Cleaners and Maintenance Staff.
Mrs Katie Skinner is the PA to the Headteacher and SLT. Katie is also Clerk to the Governors Sub Committees. Katie is also supporting CITA in an administration role.
Ms Heather Gilfoyle is the Finance Adminstrator . She had worked for the LA and local schools for many years, Heather also supporting the Examination Officer in an administrative role.
Mrs Lizzie Jones is our School Clerical Assistant. Lizzie deals with Reception – telephones and visitors, pupils lunches, damage, taxis and other clerical related duties.
The Team enjoy working together. It is hard work and very busy but we all do our best to give outstanding service for the benefit of the pupils and staff.
Mr Derek Edwards is employed as the School Maintenance Officer and a new addition to the team due to the retirement of the previous Assistant Caretaker is Mr Martin Mullen. They work together extremely well and the staff and pupils appreciate their hard work with keeping the site running.
Spring work scheduled for 2021 are major grounds work.
The School Business Manager is continuing to work with Mr Edwards on a five year plan/long term vision for the buildings and grounds, funding has to be secured for some of the projects. This will continue to be presented to the Headteacher, SLT and the Governors for their views at SLT and Sub-Committee Meeting.
Mrs Hayley Farrelly the Cook in Charge with Mrs Stacey Morgan and Mrs Angela Stanley Assistant Cooks, Mrs Helen Foster and Mrs Meryl Williams make up the rest of this valuable team.
Mrs Farrelly prepares a menu each week and is excellent at ensuring there is always a variety of food and new ideas to try to entice the pupils to try new meals, all kept within the guidelines. Pupils do have an input on meals, each term the pupils who stay on residence are asked for their view also the School Council have an input.
In Autumn, Winter and Spring soup is a favourite as one of the courses, Mrs Farrelly is always looking for new flavours for the pupils to try. Main courses can be anything from a homely Roast Dinner to a Italian Lasagne, there is always a vegetarian option followed by fruit bags, fresh fruit or a delicious desert. All the food is prepared from fresh ingredients and following the Healthy Eating regime.
There are two lunch sittings every day with the year groups mixed.
Meryl and Helen cover the cleaning of the house and residence, they work extremely hard to keep the areas fresh and clean, the staff and pupils really appreciate, how clean the areas are when they arrive in work in, which gives a good start to the day.
Meryl is always looking for money saving ideas getting the best value at all times and along with Helen raises funds for the School Charity.
At the present time the School is part of the Magic Breakfast scheme. For the previous two years, this project was Government funded and was free to schools who met the criteria, which was schools who had a high percentage of FSM, this year the School have had to make a donation as the funding is no longer available.
Various times during the week, bagels, fresh fruit, fruit juice and cereals are delivered, this enables the School to run a very successful Breakfast Club for all pupils. From January 2020, Heinz are supplying to Magic Breakfast, (and in turn schools) Baked Beans.
It also ensures all pupils start the day by having had a drink and some nourishing food to eat, which gives them the energy to concentrate in the class and do well in lessons.
Magic Breakfast have continued to deliver during the COVID crisis and have been delivering breakfast packs to pupils at home.
Miss Juliet Williams and Mrs Lynette Quirk are the School Cleaners and work very hard to keep the School sparkling.