I may have little in common with Theresa May, but I can begin to understand how she must be wrestling with the challenges of disconnecting with Europe.

Whatever your stance on Brexit, there was never any denying the complexity of forming an acceptable leaving strategy. Neither is there any satisfying a press which, naturally, wants to know the details before they can reasonably be formulated.

At School, as in the corridors of power at Westminster, speed is not always of the essence. Things worthwhile are seldom achieved overnight, as our young sportspeople found in their matches this week.

We have had mixed fortunes but clearly our young sportsmen and women are working hard to succeed in rugby, hockey, football, swimming and cross country; may the technique and temperament of England’s 19 year old opening batsman Haseeb Hameed be an example to them all. At Blue Coat we want to have not just a broad sports curriculum but a balanced one, where all children have the opportunity to excel.

Monday kicked off with football training for our U11 boys before they took part in the Aston Villa Tournament at home. Considering this is our rugby term, the boys exceeded expectations by losing out only on penalties in a tense semi-final to the eventual tournament winners.

From the muscular to the musical, I mentioned a few weeks ago how much I enjoyed my first Prelude concert. Well, the standard was equally high in the second one. I would like to congratulate the visiting music staff, parents and Mr Nicklin for their hard work and skill. The children must be congratulated on their maturity and outstanding dedication.

The Friends are now focused on the Christmas Fayre, on Saturday 26th November. This should be another wonderful community event. Some parents have already been busy wrapping presents and ‘making Christmas trees’. If you have time to offer any support, I know it would be gratefully received so please see visit the school website for details of how to help.

Quick on the heels of the Fayre we have The Friends’ Carols and Fizz night on 1st December. Tickets are limited and selling fast; I have heard it is an occasion not to be missed!

Many of you may remember the parent questionnaire I sent out earlier this term. Thank you again to all who responded. Once the outcome of this questionnaire has been shared with the Governors in late November, I will communicate it more widely to parents. In that document I will share with you the findings and my vision for the School. I will also outline how we are going to build on the positives already in place to ensure that my high expectations are achieved.

A huge thank you to all the staff, parents and most importantly children for supporting our Open Morning. This was a huge success. The school is now almost at capacity and the demand for places not only in Pre-Prep but now Prep, underlines that the school is doing a lot right.

I am excited about the future and about building on our reputation for assisting all children to reach their full potential, no matter what their starting point.

Now a bit of housekeeping – thank you for your patience as we remove the hedgerow in the visitors’ car park, this is in order to prepare the area behind for the new astro-turf. May I also remind parents not to make calls without hands-free or text whilst sitting in traffic to exit the grounds, a temptation perhaps but nevertheless a criminal offence.

Today saw the children arrive in onesies and other brightly coloured home clothes as we joined with the country in celebrating Children in Need 2016. We remember the late Terry Wogan, who will forever be associated with the event. Thank you to Mr Davies for his energetic Rio Spotacular assembly and to the children for all their fundraising efforts.

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER