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Can’t Beat That Feeling

A slightly selfish blog this week, in that I have absolutely loved being back in the classroom and teaching the Year 10 History class. Decisions as to how much a headteacher should commit to the classroom are always difficult given the reality of the breadth to the job in modern times. However, I always committed...

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Examining “Love Island”

The most light hearted moment of the week has to come when I overheard a group of exam invigilators discussing whether they should allow their daughters to watch “Love Island”. They initially seemed slightly worried when I asked what they were discussing and that I was somehow displeased by the conversation, but in reality, I...

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Getting the Chemistry Right

One of the most frustrating bits about being a Head is when you simply can’t be in two places at once, so it was with regret this year that I couldn’t attend the Speak Out finals on Monday evening. It was lovely to read Mrs Pilley’s email the next morning about how well Katie had performed...

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The Art of Learning

There are weeks that it is an absolute privilege to be a Headteacher and having opportunities to watch students learning, and this week will stand out for a while as being so varied. I have to say I feel guilty that so many of these opportunities have taken place externally and have fallen in the same...

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Positive Changes

It was lovely to see such a crowded Parents Evening last night with year 7 parents, and I felt a really positive, warm vibe. The year group are beginning to gel really well and it was great to see so many of their peers out supporting the Year 7 team in their [successful] semi-final in...

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A very warm welcome back

As I say welcome back after the Easter break, it appears that Summer has arrived as well. The weather has been wonderful this week and has eventually dried out the field, so that we can use it at lunch time.  My only slight sympathy is with the Year 11 students, since in the evenings as they...

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Historical buildings and new buildings

It feels right to have a timely update on development plans around the school, and whilst not everything is finalised, the start of the next phase will commence over the next few weeks. I will write a more formal letter when we have certainty on everything. The residents nearest to us will already know that...

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A Theory of Everything

Monday saw the end of the PPEs for Year 11. This marks their last formal bench marking before the actual exams commence. It was lovely to hear the buzz of the students as they came out of their exams discussing what they had written. I was, however, hit with reality while at a conference on...

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A Sobering Return to Normality

It has been nice to return to relative normality after last week’s wintery weather, although at a personal level I have noticed that huge backlog of paperwork coming through from external agencies; equally huge numbers of events and activities needed rearranging, for example rehearsals for assessed musical pieces for the Year 11’s final performances, and...

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It’s Snow Joke

It is obviously a big decision to close a school or to keep it open, and I would never judge a fellow headteacher for their decision. I read a piece by Geoff Barton, the General Secretary of ASCL (the Heads’ union) about the decision being the loneliest decision you have to take, and I can...