We start this academic year on a positive foot having posted some excellent examination results and enjoyed a scorching Lancashire summer holiday. The break was well deserved and I hope that you are all refreshed and ready for what I know will be an excellent school year.

Last year we emerged from a prolonged crisis following the pandemic and lockdowns. We discovered the importance of schooling to society’s fabric, its primacy in the development of children and the repercussions of closing schools for long periods. This year we emerge fitter, stronger and ready to make a difference to a community that badly needs us to be excellent.