Of all the virtues, reliability is one which I feel  is often underestimated. Two things were certain in Manchester this week, and one in Westminster.  Australian run-machine Steve Smith would churn out yet another century in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, where It would also rain. And chaos would continue to reign as far as Brexit is concerned. We have not been let down on those scores.

As the first three days of school come to an end, it was equally predictable that BCS children old and new would settle quickly back into their studies. It was wonderful to see them racing into houses and playground, embracing their long-lost summer friends! The BCS family was united again!

The staff had made their teaching spaces so vibrant, ready for the start of term. It was lovely for me to visit classrooms and observe the school community so energetically at work.

The grounds and facilities are also looking first rate and I must commend the Estates and Grounds Team for their hard work. And to all the staff at the School who have worked tirelessly during the summer recess – a heartfelt thank you. As I say, reliability is priceless.

This weekend, some of our Year 6 children will sit the 11+ Grammar School exams. We wish them all the very best. I am sure they will do themselves proud.

I look forward to seeing many of you next week at the information mornings and don’t forget the new Breakfast Club begins on Monday at 7.30am (vouchers can be purchased from Reception).

Meanwhile, have a great weekend!