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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...

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Costa or Starbucks?

I hope you enjoy reading the newsletter today that sums up a lot of activities in the school over the last 7 weeks, and it shows the huge diversity of talent that exists in the school.  Whilst I tend to allow the newsletter to be the main communication at the end of each half term,...

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Can reality TV ever be reality?

A few years ago, the school I was working was asked to consider being part of the “Educating [Essex, London, Manchester etc]” series: we weren’t particularly flattered as it appeared every school in the area was being asked. We did spend time at the senior leadership team meeting discussing the merits/demerits, and I have to...

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Questions, myths and realities

Apologies about the lack of the blog last week: like many humans, I am creature of habit, and I always write the blog at the start of Friday morning (having largely planned it in my head on the journey in), but sometimes events get in the way, and last Friday was one of those days...

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The Pleasure of a Learning Walk

I remember a few years ago when the phrase learning walk became really contentious in education because it was seen that we (meaning senior staff) were making judgements about individual teachers, but nothing could be further from the truth. The purpose of these walks is go a little deeper than the regular corridor walks, and...

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The Hot Topic of “Show My Homework”

Homework for me has a number of purposes. Firstly: it allows students to reinforce learning away from the pressure of the learning environment, and that feeling of ‘my best friend gets the work and I don’t want to show the others in the class that I don’t’; secondly, it is about establishing good learning habits,...