Dear Parents

Welcome to this week’s Newsletter. This week has been extremely busy with the IGCSE and A level exams entering their busiest phase and a huge amount of planning for upcoming events taking place.

Assessment fortnight

The next two weeks will see our students in years 1-9 undertake annual assessments, including their Maths and English progress tests. We use these to support our ongoing classroom assessments and day to day knowledge of the students work to ensure the students are making as much progress as possible and to ensure they are catered for personally in terms of stretch and challenge or support and intervention as required. We also track the results annually to quality assure our whole school performance. It also provides staff with additional data and information to support their lesson planning and report writing. If you have any questions about these, please do speak to the class teacher or tutor of your child.

Invitation to ‘Meet SLT’

A reminder that the final ‘Meet SLT’ of this year will take place on Wednesday 5th June in the Auditorium starting as soon as we can after morning drop-off. All parents are invited. If you have not been to one of these before, the format is for the school to present on current and future developments and then an opportunity for parents to ask questions. It is also a good place to catch up with fellow parents and meet new ones. The agenda for this meeting includes the plans for this summer and also a staffing update.

TV film crew in school

Today we welcomed a film crew from one of the national TV channels in Hungary (RTL Klub) to Britannica. They are visiting a number of International schools in Budapest whilst making a documentary about International education. It was a pleasure to be able to showcase our school and discuss the value of a British international education. Look out for the documentary which will be available through Hungarian media channels soon.

Very few places remaining for 2019-2020

If you have friends or work colleagues who are considering sending their children to Britannica for the next academic year, I would appreciate you passing on the message that they will need to be quick as there are very few places remaining. In many year groups, we are already full and have waiting lists.

Orbital conference

I had an extremely busy time at the Orbital annual conference in Manchester last week. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with fellow Principal’s and the Orbital board, including our chairman Kevin McNeany. Detailed discussion took place regarding the group’s strategic plan, as well as some very interesting presentations on some future projects. I look forward to sharing key outcomes for Britannica over the next few weeks and months

Have a great weekend

Kind regards

Neil McGarry