During the Vice Principles later presentation we had to smile at her one slip and wondered if it was a Freudian moment, she meant to say 'the teachers showing their love for their subjects' out came 'the teachers showing their love for the pupils' quickly and awkwardly corrected. Considering one situation at AGS I heard of through the grapevine highly unfortunate.
Haven't been on for a while but thought I would check in to see what people thought of the open evening.
My ds is just fininshing Y7 at AGS.
I have to say how impressed I am with the school, and not just on an academic basis. The pastoral care is second to none and my son has particularly enjoyed the sports side along with drama, art and music. I have obviously had limited dealings with the new head but have found him to be incredibly switched on and I like the fact that he takes the time to actually teach!
As an academy, AGS is first and foremost a business and is run that way. After all, if it were to fail financially,there would be no school for our children to go to! As part of that though, they really do care about the welfare of the children. Even one child underperforming would be noticeable in their results therefore they do everything in their power to make sure everyone is happy and receives whatever help they may need. Bad behaviour (as long as they know about it) is stamped on immediately.
I do have reservations about yet another extra class being taken on from this September as, although there are spaces in the sixth form that need to be filled in order for the school to function successfully on a financial level, it seems a lot of extra bodies before they get to Y12!
As regards the staff turnover, I'm sure it isn't at all that unusual in a school of that size and, like Sillygoose says, is really only to be expected with a new head coming in after Mr Blaikie was there for such a long time.
Only time will tell I suppose but if subsequent years are as successful as Y7 has been for my child, I won't be complaining