I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be Principal of Pensby High School for Boys and Pensby High School for Girls, the two schools forming The Pensby High Schools’ Federation. Many of you will know that I have a long association with both schools since joining Pensby Girls as Deputy Headteacher in 1993. Through the joint Sixth Form provision, established over 20 years ago, the two schools already have a very well established and effective relationship working together to serve the young people and parents of our community.
The key aim of the Pensby Federation is to maintain high quality education through two separate single sex schools:
As Principal of the Pensby Federation I control one set of resources (both staff and financial) that are used across the two separate schools to achieve the highest possible educational outcomes for both boys and girls. In organising the leadership and resources in this way the Federation reduces unnecessary duplication of expenditure and frees resources to be spent directly on the education of the boys and girls who attend the two schools.
The Pensby Federation is not a merger or amalgamation of the two separate schools. The Governing Body have stated clearly that it is their intention that two single sex schools on the Irby Road site will continue.
In 2010 and 2011 both Pensby High School for Boys and Pensby High School for Girls achieved their best ever examination results. As Principal of the Pensby Federation my aim is to ensure that standards in both schools continue to rise.
My aims for Pensby High School for Boys are simple. I believe that the school should be a safe and happy place so that the boys take pleasure in coming to their school. They should enjoy their learning and achieve their absolute best through teaching that is of the highest standard and in a culture where expectations are high. The boys should feel that they are individuals who really do matter, supported by dedicated, supportive and caring staff at all times and especially so in times of particular need.
Every boy should have the opportunity to experience a broad range of extracurricular activities bringing even greater joy and ‘richness’ to their life at school. Excellent standards of behaviour should be the norm for every boy in the school and are not negotiable. Relationships between staff and the boys should be built on care and mutual respect.
Pensby High School for Boys is committed to providing the best possible education for every boy and we believe our relationship with parents/carers is critical in achieving this goal. The partnership between home and school is crucial to our students’ successes. As we strive to make Pensby High School for Boys the ‘best it can be’ we will be consulting our parents through regular Parents’ Forum but our open door policy means we are happy to talk at any time.
As Principal of the Federation I have the strategic responsibility for both Pensby High School for Boys and Pensby High School for Girls.
The Governors have appointed Mr Madden as Head of Boys School and as such he is responsible for the day to day leadership of Pensby High School for Boys. Mr Madden is responsible for ensuring that the aims I have set out in this welcome message are put into practice for every boy in the school. In the normal course of events parental enquiries relating to boys in the school are dealt with by Mr Madden and the boys’ school pastoral team of Mr Harrison (Assistant Principal – Pastoral), Mrs Ellis (Key Stage 3 Standards Manager) and Mrs Edwards (Key Stage 4 Standards Manager).
Mrs Wimpress is Director of the Joint Sixth Form with responsibility for boys and girls.
For those of you who have sons and daughters in primary school I extend an invitation to you to visit us so that you can see what these two excellent schools have to offer. We have open days scheduled for in June and September. Should you wish to visit at any other time please do not hesitate to telephone to make an appointment.
Thank you for taking an interest in Pensby High School for Boys. We are particularly proud of our legend, "Partnership in Pursuit of Excellence." because it was produced by our School Council which consists of students, parents, governors, non-teaching and teaching staff. It sums up our constant aim - striving for ever-better achievement and the vital means by which we do it - partnership.
Head of Pensby High School for Boys