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‘Could you just …’

I often try to explain to friends away from schools how busy the end of the summer term is with different events, and that they might not hear from me as much as usual in the last 3-4 weeks of school. Before Christmas, you hear about all these events that are going on in companies...

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No Rest For The Wicked?

The reality is that all weeks have the same amount of student /adult interaction, but somehow it just seems that some weeks in schools are far busier than others – and that is certainly the feel of this week. Monday – we welcomed back year 10 from their PPEs last week. I spoke to the...

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Pixlification?

It has been lovely to meet our new Year 7s over the last few days, and really give them the opportunity to start to become part of our school. With the bigger cohort, it is fascinating to watch a slightly different mix of students from different feeder schools integrate. I was chatting to some Year...

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Serious about Success

I was showing a visitor around the school on Thursday afternoon and happened across the Year 10 Intervention session in Maths ahead of their exams this week; we were both thoroughly impressed by the Year 10s attitude and commitment, with virtually the whole year attending the session. Interestingly, I was then asked that evening, by...

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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...