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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...

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Brexit, Barometers and Bingo

So we are finally here, Brexit day…or rather, not. Fortunately, I am not allowed as a public servant to be overly and overtly political, but my overriding thought about the last few months, weeks, days, hours is the whole situation has become slightly farcical; however, more importantly, it seems to have slowed down other branches...

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Group Work (and Ice Cream)

Last week, I was away at the annual Havering Headteachers’ Conference which provided that rare opportunity in the year to really take a step back with colleagues to reflect, and subsequently prepare for the year ahead. Over the 2 days we had presentations from various speakers and the range was eclectic: from Andrew Blake-Herbert (CEO of...

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The value of reading

World Book Day yesterday gave the school the opportunity to have a collective focus for the day, and my thanks especially to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Wilson for organising many of the events. We had a number of events, but 3 key events ran across the day. Many staff were dressed as their favourite characters from books,...

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New beginnings

This time last year we were having the challenge of keeping the school open in snow, and this year we have experienced record temperatures for February, and it has felt positively spring like. Not unlike many schools, we suffer from a lack of indoor space at social times (not the very wet days, when we...

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The role of Social Media?

The government minister, Nick Gibb, made a speech last weekend suggesting that mobile phones should be banned from schools, and then the Head of Instagram has committed to removing self-harm images from its platforms, and additionally Public Health England issued parental guidance about mobile phones. (I haven’t read the details but it was very much...