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Building Blocks

My father was a draughtsman and I grew up watching him doing technical drawings at home; my brother went in to the construction trade, and is a contracts manager for a civil engineering company (not Barnes before anyone accuses me of nepotism!); so it has been odd in the last 2 weeks to really spend...

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Preparations

Another year, another vote/election; we were approached around 3 months ago by the local election officials to ask (mainly in the context of the new build) whether we would be prepared to be a polling station over the next few months (they were hedging their bets as to whether it would be for a General...

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Sporting Fix

Apologies again about the brevity of the blog last week, and hopefully back to normal this week. I suppose it is inevitable that sometimes in this job, time simply gets away from me. Yesterday reminded me, and the whole community, how important it is to take time to think of our own mental well-being and...

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A very brief blog

I really enjoy Open Evening because it allows us to show off the school and all the development that has occurred in the previous year; the irony is that to the untrained eye, the most obvious differences are the physical developments, but actually if you look below the surface you can see the human capital...

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Back in the Groove

I often to say to my PA that I don’t like the first and last weeks of term; it’s not really true, but there is that natural anxiety about everything working and everyone settling back in to the groove of the regimented school day. I wrote one of my earliest blogs at Marshalls about the...

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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,...