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Headteacher's Welcome

15 Dec 2022
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Headteacher's Welcome

We have come to the end of term, my first as Headteacher of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. And what a term it has been! It has been busy and productive as I have met colleagues, pupils and parents, and spent time visiting all areas of the school to learn more about the intricacies of what makes this school the special place it is. 

Much work has been done and, certainly, there is much work to do. I am committed to continuous improvement. With our Senior Leadership Team, we are implementing an ambitious strategy of development and growth. Our pupils remain our top priority and all our efforts are focused on providing them with excellent academic outcomes and enriching boarding experiences. Part of this is a curriculum review and an extensive boarding renovation programme - the latter project we have accelerated to ensure that all pupils enjoy an upgraded boarding environment that engenders pride and personal responsibility.

I am also conscious of the RAAS' long and rich history. We continue to honour this with our bursary scheme, ensuring that 10% of our boarding places are ringfenced for children with difficult home circumstances and with a demonstrable need for boarding. The School's Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting our Foundationer pupils, not only by part-funding fees but also by implementing tailored pastoral support. I am proud to be part of a community that truly changes lives, helping young people thrive and grow into adults with dreams, opportunity and who contribute positively to their family networks and society. 

Of course, the history of our school lives within all Gattonians. I have had the pleasure of meeting some members of the Gatton Association at Remembrance Day. At this event, I was reminded of the importance of your place in our community - you truly hold the history of our school in your memories. For many Gattonians this school was home, and your continued fondness for your years at the RAAS (encompassing all its earlier institutions) reinforces my dedication and resolution to make this the best school it can be, so that our current pupils can leave with the same positive feelings and life lessons that you have passionately told me about. 

I look forward to meeting many more Gattonians at future events.

Best wishes, 

M.P. Thomas

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