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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...

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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...