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They shall not grow old

There’s nothing quite like getting an email entitled “Marshalls Park Students on the train from Seven Kings” during the holidays. As you would imagine, my inclination was that something had happened or that they had got in trouble. It’s a ridiculous reaction really, but its human instinct that we assume the worst when someone has...

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World Mental Health Day

It was lovely to see so many students wearing something yellow for the #HelloYellow campaign on Wednesday as part of the World Mental Health Awareness campaign. Like many people of my generation, I have gradually got more hooked on social media, and mental health is clearly an issue that is addressed more often than it...

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The Early Shift

The school was looking wonderful on Open Evening, and my huge thanks goes out to the whole school community for the night. I particularly enjoyed the fact that at the end of the evening several existing parents (as they picked their children up) took the opportunity to look around at the improved facilities, and it...

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Distracted

Ahead of our Open Evening next week, I found myself in my own local school’s Open Evening on Wednesday this week, having also toured the school in the day. I have to say there were two elements that I found myself preoccupied by: firstly, just how similar schools are in what they do/present for Open...

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Soup for the Soul

The absolute highlight of the week for me was rather unexpected; I was doing a “patrol” to the White Shops due to the odd concern being raised about our students, and ended up having a random but superb conversation with a group of [predominantly] Year 9 girls. In reality, except for a very small group,...

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A Rollercoaster Few Weeks

Sometimes, I use this blog to give an insight in to the life of a Headteacher, and I thought I would use this opportunity to do just that. The last few weeks have been quite a roller coaster with some great highs and the odd real low! Of course, those moments pass and you see...

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Welcome back

Firstly, a very warm welcome to back to all our students and parents, and especially our new Year 7 intake. For those of you that are new to reading the blog, it is designed to give you a glimpse into life at Marshalls Park, as well as keeping parents and the community updated on developments....

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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...