It is always emotional when the time comes to say farewell to a year group. Year 11 have been model students in their final year at school. Despite the many barriers they have faced; Covid restrictions, National lockdowns, the cancellation of GCSE examinations, they have continued to attend school and given their all. As a staff body we are immensely proud of each and every one of them.
I am confident that all the students would put a significant amount of their success down to the dedicated care and attention they have received from Mr Craft. I am not completely sure Mr Craft imagined the year as it panned out when he agreed to oversee Year 11 back in July last year! He has given everything to our Year 11 students and for this we are all very grateful. Thank you, Mr Craft.
Mr Craft has been supported throughout the year by Mrs Behm and Mr Gallagher, who have been loyal and committed Tutors to our students, offering a listening ear, advice and support as needed. In addition, the students have really benefitted from the careers and Post-16 programme of support provided by Mrs Thomas. All students have a plan for September, this is something they should be proud of in these very unusual and uncertain times. We have also been lucky to call upon the knowledge and expertise of Mrs Stockman, who has supported our students with post-16 advice and guidance. Finally, each and every teacher and support colleague has done all they can to help our students succeed. They have planned and resourced exceptional lessons, they have taught with energy and enthusiasm and have laughed with students at every opportunity, keeping morale high. All staff have worked alongside students to ensure they achieved the best results possible in uniquely challenging circumstances.
The students’ final day on Friday was a very special day; Mr Craft and a team of Year 11 students went to town planning a day of celebration. It would not be a day at SET Beccles if we did not offer plenty of delicious food, of course including cake! Students started their celebrations with a formal assembly, recognising all, but identifying those who had shown outstanding progress and effort. Students then had fun in the photo booth, enjoyed a BBQ where they were served by two guest waiters (many thanks Mr Craft and Mr Neale!), this was followed by some sumo suit wrestling and fun and games on the field before they were welcomed back into the hall for a farewell assembly. Here the old photos emerged resulting in equal measures of both embarrassment and joy, seeing their five-year journey come to an end is inevitably emotional but a fitting end to the day.
We wish all our Year 11 students every success and happiness in the future. As I said to them when I spoke, whilst leaving can feel a little daunting, and they are approaching the next stage of their education with trepidation, they are not alone. Community is everything at SET Beccles and even though they will not walk through our doors in September, we are still at the end of the phone or email and will continue to do all we can to support them. We cannot wait to hear the stories of their post-16 adventures and hope to welcome them back to talk to our students about different courses and paths of study very soon.
So Year 11; stay safe, work hard and keep in touch.
Mrs H Philpott
Head of School