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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,...

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Welcome back

I hope that everyone has enjoyed some time with their families during the last two weeks. On Tuesday we hosted the joint training day with William Edwards School as part of our partnership work, and it was excellent to watch colleagues from two different schools looking at teaching and learning; the focus was robust assessments (which doesn’t just...

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An Inspector Calls?

Steve Munday was around most of Thursday as we had a visit from a DfE Educational Advisor, Rob Briscoe, to look at the progress the school is making. Many of the students now know Steve Munday, and recognise that he is a regular visitor to the school, and indeed helped out with duties yesterday during...

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Food for thought

Who would have thought that a simple change to the canteen arrangement would create such excitement? We are trying a different layout in the canteen in an effort to speed up the service and allow more students the chance to be served. We have tried several arrangements in the last few months, including where students...

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Feeling Privileged

I have always considered myself to have one of the most privileged jobs in the country, as we get to guide the students and help build the next generation allowing them to mature in to young adults. As you would imagine, the intricacies of a school day/week/year mean there will be many critical moments, most pleasurable,...

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Getting feedback

The Year 11 students this week have been through their Pre Public Examinations (PPEs) to help give them a real sense of their current exam performance; we have stressed to the students that whilst this is far from a final grade, and indeed won’t be the only element that makes up their references for sixth...

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Remembrance

One of the advantages of the Monday afternoon period 6 sessions it that we are able to do extended assemblies and focus sessions in forms. This week, I was able to take the whole school for assemblies on the importance of remembrance. I told a personal journey of my first visit to “Flanders Fields” and...