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Choosing to be positive

For me this is has been a week of utterly opposing contrasts. The positive, we took a conscious decision, as this period extends, to encourage more work to be sent to teachers, shared on social media, and focus of conversations around how students are getting on. My conversation with Mrs Collins on Monday about Year...

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Special VE Day Retro Blog

Today appears to be the day that Admiral Donitz surrenders and the war in Europe will be over; since the death of Herr Hitler on the 30th April, it feels like it has only been a matter of time until the German nation surrenders and the war against the evil that is Nazism is over....

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The here and now

I will probably do another video message next week, but at the moment let’s go with the normality of a written blog. Equally, and unlike my last blog, it seems only appropriate to focus on the here and now, and therefore focus on Covid-19. A slightly different format this week, so you can read the...

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Our raison d’etre

It’s feels slightly odd writing a blog from home, especially given the volume of letters that I have written/co-authored in the last 2 weeks. It’s also feels strange that understandably the only thing that predominates the news and our thoughts is the Coronavirus pandemic, and yet my contributions to the debate would be so limited....

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Good reports

I received a letter this week from the coach driver of the ski party (I knew the trip had gone well, so wasn’t worried what he was going to say), but it was the most effervescent praise following a trip that I have received; without breaking confidence of the communication too much, he spoke about...

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To reflect and look forward

It’s been slightly surreal this week at work in a post-Ofsted phase; we can say very little about the experience until 5 days before the report goes live on the Ofsted website (that takes about 3-5 weeks), but naturally parents, students and staff alike are speculating on its content. As such this week has felt...

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An eventful week!

Apologies for the brevity of the blog this week, but as you are aware we have Ofsted in; I knew I was in for a busy week when I lost a crown on my tooth on Sunday, my car broke down on Tuesday morning, had a close relatively rushed in to King George’s on Tuesday...

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Capturing the time

Yesterday we buried a time capsule in a cavity under the new block and it provided a genuine moment of reflection; I wrote a letter to the future to try and encapsulate current Britain. I had never written anything like that before (well probably not since I was at school), and I found it a...

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New Year, New Term

Welcome back to the new term, and indeed a new decade; I think I spent half of the break seeing people listing their favourites of the decade (best team, best film, best music etc.), and I am sure it was all good fun. As I said before the break, this holiday is always a good...

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The difference a day makes!

It was slightly surreal yesterday to be without broadband all day; in the modern world we are used to the odd outage, but rarely does it affect us for so long. The issue was quite a long way “down the line” where a piece of hardware failed, but it makes you realise how much we...