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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...

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Making it a little brighter

I spent a little time away with some family friends last week. Contrary to popular belief I am allowed a break from school sometimes, and I knew the paint fumes, from areas of the school that were being redecorated, would make me feel ill all week if I stayed here. I found myself trying to offer options advice...

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From Birdsong to Football Chants

I know all weeks are busy in schools, but this week seems to have had more variety in it than many. It was lovely, on Monday, to talk to a Year 7 student (Alfie) about his passion for birds, and how he feels we need an aviary for our collection of birds in the science...

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Knowing our limits?

Apologies, but the blog this week is going to be very short. If you speak to any of the students that have seen me this week, they will testify that I have been hobbling around school (my own fault for believing I can still do dives in to a swimming pool as if I was...

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What does a Headteacher do?

I had a fascinating conversation with a group of Year 10 students over lunch on Thursday around the role of the Headteacher. After a little early embarrassment of them not quite wanting to ask, or perhaps not knowing quite how to ask, we got to the crux of the question which was (to paraphrase slightly)...

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Carpe diem

When I started in the profession, it was fairly common place for students and staff to play sports matches against each other, but over the years, it has undoubtedly dwindled in my experience. Part of the reason, is health and safety. It was mainly established through legal precedent rather than actual direct legislation around culpability,...