A week is a short time in politics, and with President Trump installed, it seems to get shorter with every seven days that pass. I believe that as the elected representative of the people, he has the right to carry out his manifesto.

Likewise, in a free world, I consider that all of us have the right to say that we disagree with his policies. So I have every sympathy with JK Rowling, who has come under fire from some of Trump’s more rabid followers. It seems that scores of Harry Potter books are likely to be consigned to a massive Goblet of Fire in some sort of revenge fest.

On to matters closer to home, I am delighted to announce that after an extensive search we have appointed a new catering company to start with us after Easter. Holroyd Howe will be our new incumbents.

Holroyd Howe are a very well established company whose catering portfolio includes Summer Fields and Bromsgrove Schools. I am confident that their high standards will reinforce my claim that we aim to be exceptional in all that we do here. Over the summer term there will be the opportunity to meet them and taste their food at a number of events.

What a busy week it has been here at Blue Coat! With music recitals and sports galore, I have also given out a record number of Headmaster’s awards for outstanding achievement! I must congratulate all the children on grasping the many opportunities on offer at School. Please read on…

Firstly, a special mention must go to our Year 1 children who performed admirably in their first music recital. Music is clearly embedded from an early age here at Blue Coat.

On Wednesday, the U11A Netball team defeated King’s Hawford 19 -18 in a thrilling match. This was the first time that King’s Hawford have lost a competitive match since they started playing together in Year 3, so it was a fantastic achievement for our girls. I look forward to watching Year 6 in the Warwick School Netball Tournament tomorrow. Whilst there, Jules and I will also take the opportunity to visit the Exhibition of Young Local Artists, in which a number of Blue Coat pupils will be exhibiting.

Last Saturday, The Blue Coat School hosted the quarter final of the National Primary Schools’ Chess Championship. We entered four teams and I am delighted to report that three out of the four made it through to the semi-final which will be held on 13 May in Bristol. It was a very close-fought affair with the U11Bs narrowly missing qualification by a matter of 3 or 4 points. The U11As finished second place overall and were awarded silver medals. I look forward to supporting our teams in the next stages of the Championship. Well done, everyone!

Congratulations to Mrs Burns and her Year 5 cohort for an excellent assembly on The Good Shepherd story. It reinforced that we all matter and that, together, all our talents provide a rich tapestry. We should look after each other and celebrate our talents.

Next, week we welcome our external candidates for the 7+ exams. Numbers for this testing day are at a record high. Can I thank the parent body, staff and our amazing children for raising the profile of our School. Please be aware that the knock-on effect will be an extremely busy site on Tuesday with a high level of traffic. Could I ask that you drop earlier and please follow the directions of the Estates team, who will be working hard to ensure smooth passage. If there is the opportunity to park on surrounding roads, please may I also advise this?

In the meantime, have a great weekend!

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER