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Weighing Out The Ingredients of Success

As I was queueing past an accident this morning, it had that sobering effect of bringing me back down to earth after a really exciting day yesterday, albeit it gave me a bonus, extra period of time to contemplate the day ahead. Yesterday was one of those days that you want to capture to show...

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The Bridge of Dreams?

There are so many moments in every hour, day, and week when you are dealing with adolescents, but some allow you that moment of reflection yourself. I was doing one of our regular checks at the ‘White Shops’ on Thursday, and I found myself standing in the rain talking to the students; partly about expectations...

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A Degree of Trust

The survey below, which I have mentioned in previous blogs, reminds us of our importance in the community; it shows the esteem to which the profession is held, and perhaps a reflection on how close we are to getting it right in the opinion of the public. I don’t think any of us think that...

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All of the people, all of the time?

Firstly well done to the Year 11 students for completing their exams this week with a real sense of rigour and purpose; I have been thoroughly impressed by their attitude and effort. As the students are sitting in their exam desks, it gives you a sense of both the beauty and challenge of our comprehensive education...

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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...