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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...

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Building Our Community

One of the slightly sad aspects of expansion is that we never get to have the full school together in one place, and hence why we often vary the Monday assembly arrangements. This Monday, it was the entirety of Years 7-10. I don’t spend much time highlighting the assembly messages in the blog, but I...

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The key to leading a school?

This Tuesday, Mr Suttenwood and I visited Great Yarmouth Charter Academy which has attracted a large amount of publicity for its various approaches to education over the last 18 months. The school is partly modelled on the Michaela Community School in Brent. The Headteacher, Barry Smith had been Deputy Head previously, and has transposed some...