Welcome to the new academic year which started with impressive examination results, followed by a cohort of 450 Year 7 students across both Academies. It has been a pleasure to meet all of our new students and share their early experiences of secondary school life. I have been impressed with their commitment to the Q3 ethos, their love of reading and overall enthusiasm for Academy life. It is such a pleasure to see our children walking around with books and sharing examples of their non-fiction reading.
Our talented team of staff have been joined by new colleagues at both Great Barr and Langley and they have quickly settled into our family, bringing with them a wide range of experience, expertise and innovative ideas.
Friday 10th November marked our Annual Remembrance Service followed by the official opening of the Grace Payne Centre, dedicated to our Sponsor’s late wife. Our new CCF RAF contingent of 52 cadets paraded during the event, with a number of promoted ranks announced by the RAF Wing Commander.
This edition of FoQus highlights the wide range of opportunities available for our young people, all made possible by the tremendous input from staff across both Academies. During our Open Week prospective students and their families commented on the breadth of opportunity available and early indications are that we will once again be heavily oversubscribed for places in Year 7 at Great Barr and Langley.
Every day, within the Q3 family we see examples of kindness and compassion; care and support for one another; generosity, and a real desire to make a difference. As I reflect on this embodiment of the Q3 ethos I am reminded of Aristotle’s words: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
In that vein, we gratefully appreciate the contribution by Four Ashes Adventure Golf to FoQus and their kind donation towards Q3 Academies Trust. Please see the back cover to take advantage of their festive offer.
Thank you to our Staff, Sponsor, Trustees and Governors for giving our children the opportunity to flourish and enjoy a well-rounded education.
I wish you all an enjoyable Christmas break and a prosperous New Year.
Dr Caroline Badyal