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Recognition and Resilience

Last night saw the inaugural Havering Learning Partnership Awards; an event that was designed to celebrate those colleagues that have made a significant contribution to each secondary school and post-16 colleges’ students. I admit that I have very mixed feelings at a personal level about choosing staff in different categories, but I wanted to support...

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Many Opportunities

It was lovely to meet the Year 6 parents and students last night ahead of their Induction days in two weeks’ time. This year, we are doing two days of Induction as I think it is good for the students to have the opportunity to reflect overnight about their experiences, and then return the next...

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Britain’s Future

As we wake up to an uncertain future in the country’s political landscape, it will be a strange time in the public sector; where will public policy take us, who will shape the agenda, and what will funding look like. Equally, as someone interested in politics, it is fascinating that in recent elections that we...

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Half Term Arrives

As ever before half term, I will keep my blog relatively short with the newsletter to follow later, and indeed it sees another busy half term draw to close, albeit with the various revision sessions over the next week there will be a lot of staff and Year 11 students that don’t have much of...

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Wanding

One of the frustrations for students sitting exams is the time from when they start queueing to the time that exam actually starts. The student wants to get in the zone, yet there are hold ups in the room: the student can’t find their seat, other students have got their phones with them still, students...

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Chômage

Sometimes in education you need a moment of reflection that makes you realise how far the profession has come and how much change has occurred (I hasten most but not exclusively good change over the years). On Tuesday I had a moment of realisation about how far standards expected had come in language teaching over...

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Spinning A Tapestry

Tuesday and Wednesday evening epitomised the diversity that exists in school. On Tuesday evening, the Year 11 boys won their Havering Cup Final (against Emerson Park) to lift the trophy as the culmination of their 5 years at Marshalls Park. Whilst the game may not have been a goal-fest, it demonstrated their desire to support...

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Chicken & Egg

The Local Authority are about to launch their consultation on school expansion in the Borough, and I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly explain the rationale behind our inclusion. The proposal will be that the school increases its PAN (Pupil Admission Number) from 180 to 240 per intake from September 2018, and could I...

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New Reception

Welcome back after the Easter break; although I am sure most of our Year 11 students will have had very little rest in the run up to their exams. My only consolation for those students is that the time invested now will help improve their grades, and ultimately they have a longer summer holiday in...

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The Jazz Era and a New Era

I hope everyone enjoys the latest edition of the newsletter that will come out today, but can I add my appreciation to the Dance department and performers from the excellent show on Wednesday, as well as congratulating the PE and Drama students over the last week on their final assessed performances. I have to confess,...