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Welcome back

Welcome back after the summer break, and in particular welcome to our new Year 7 students and their families. I didn’t write last week for a number of reasons, the brevity of the week, the teething issues with the new IT system, but mainly (as I explained to the students in assembly) that I was...

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The Common Good

It’s always a slightly bitter sweet moment writing the last blog of term; whilst we all need a break – students and staff – it makes me realise that another year is coming to an end; I know there are 4 days left, but by the 22nd the school will have that empty lifeless feel....

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Generosity for our Prom

Last week a student knocked on my door at about 7.15am , and I was slightly surprised. Normally the earliest students don’t arrive until about 8am, albeit school has been open for staff for a couple of hours by then. She asked “My Mum said could I drop this off for Mrs Dann?”, and presented...

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Beyond the Normal Boundaries

With events like Year 6 Induction and Year 10 going for their post-16 taster days, this time of year in schools is always dominated with opportunities to explore their learning beyond their normal boundaries. For the Year 6 students that involves experiencing the issues of navigating around a large secondary school for the first time;...

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Generations – Past, Present and Future

This week seems to have flown by, and although Thursday was dominated by budget review and setting for next year, I have managed to get out and see quite a few key stage 3 lessons this week, as well as help Year 10 get in to good habits doing their exams. I have to say,...

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The Beauty of Reading

This time last year we were baking in record temperatures, this week it feels like it hasn’t stopped raining! However, it has been a timely reminder of the need to improve the indoor, social experience for our students, and I hope parents will welcome the additional proposal of the construction of the canopies at the...

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For Our Tomorrow

My grandfather, unusually for the 1930s became a nurse (the profession was dominated in those days by women), and as such served as an army medic during World War 2. He was always really reluctant to discuss what he had witnessed, even as my own love of history developed, and he remained particularly steadfast in...

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Speaking Out, SATs and the Shops

Firstly, well done to Evelyn at Speak Out, who performed really and was a great credit to the school. The students in Year 10 were given the opportunity to prepare their presentations a while back, and Evelyn was chosen to represent the school, and she did so admirably. Earlier in the week, the Year 8...

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Old Blogs, Old Memories

One of the habits I have when writing the blog is to re-read the blogs from the same week in previous years; it’s just a habit that I have developed to reflect on the school’s journey, and my own personal leadership. This week, perhaps in some respects unsurprisingly, could have virtually the same focus as...

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Finding Your Own Patch

It seems a long while since I wrote a blog, but even stranger that a welcome back message is now in May; regardless, I hope you have all enjoyed your Easter breaks and it has been lovely watching the students slide back in to their learning. On Tuesday mornings, I have a small reading club...