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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...

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Unlocking Potential

The improvement the Year 11 students have made since their Year 10 exams are clear for all to see in their attitude, and from feedback from those scripts already marked. That process of routines and expectations for exam performance is critical for students to achieve well. Many thanks as well to all the staff that...

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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...