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Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Floyd Footnotes Issue 18 | September 2014

The Waterside Celebrations This year we held our Prizegiving and Celebration of Achievement in the magnificent setting of The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Getting the whole school to the theatre and rehearsing both the Prizegiving and the summer concert on the same day proved to be a very complex operation but it was worth all the trouble. Celebrating our achievements in the venue that is the best in the town seemed highly appropriate. The event followed our traditional pattern of speeches and giving of prizes interspersed with musical items and performances. Our new Head Girl and Head Boy Emmeline Downie and Jack Blue were very smooth comperes. In my speech I was able to highlight a huge number of successes. Our examination results have continued their upward surge at GCSE, IB and A levels. One highlight was that over fifty of last year’s Year 11 gained ten or more A and A* grades. A fresh piece of examination news that we received towards the end of term was that Harry Giles, now studying mathematics at Cambridge University, heard that the mark that he got in one of the special papers that Cambridge set to sift out the best mathematicians was the best in the whole country!

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I compared our school to a barbecue that is burning very well – any new coals that are added pick up heat from those around them and very quickly start to burn brightly. The really positive attitudes that our students exemplify in their studies, and their care and support for each other, are infectious. This amazingly positive culture is one in which all can flourish and thrive. We also celebrated our Rock Challenge dance team coming fourth of all schools in the South of England, our Young Enterprise company being runners up in the South of England final as well as two rounders teams coming top in the district. Our guest speaker was Peter Kelly, owner and founder of Softcat that employs over six hundred people, rated as one of the best companies to work for in Europe. His own personal fortune has led to a listing in the Sunday Times Rich List. He talked about his company and their democratic culture - the whole staff vote on whether the Chief Executive should have a pay rise for instance. He speculated on what that kind of culture would change how a school operates. He encouraged our students to follow their passions – he believed that having a goal to make money is not a strong enough driver to build a big and successful company. Enjoying what you do is a really

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Floyd Footnotes - Issue 18  
Floyd Footnotes - Issue 18