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Wanding

One of the frustrations for students sitting exams is the time from when they start queueing to the time that exam actually starts. The student wants to get in the zone, yet there are hold ups in the room: the student can’t find their seat, other students have got their phones with them still, students...

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Chômage

Sometimes in education you need a moment of reflection that makes you realise how far the profession has come and how much change has occurred (I hasten most but not exclusively good change over the years). On Tuesday I had a moment of realisation about how far standards expected had come in language teaching over...

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Spinning A Tapestry

Tuesday and Wednesday evening epitomised the diversity that exists in school. On Tuesday evening, the Year 11 boys won their Havering Cup Final (against Emerson Park) to lift the trophy as the culmination of their 5 years at Marshalls Park. Whilst the game may not have been a goal-fest, it demonstrated their desire to support...

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Chicken & Egg

The Local Authority are about to launch their consultation on school expansion in the Borough, and I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly explain the rationale behind our inclusion. The proposal will be that the school increases its PAN (Pupil Admission Number) from 180 to 240 per intake from September 2018, and could I...

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New Reception

Welcome back after the Easter break; although I am sure most of our Year 11 students will have had very little rest in the run up to their exams. My only consolation for those students is that the time invested now will help improve their grades, and ultimately they have a longer summer holiday in...

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The Jazz Era and a New Era

I hope everyone enjoys the latest edition of the newsletter that will come out today, but can I add my appreciation to the Dance department and performers from the excellent show on Wednesday, as well as congratulating the PE and Drama students over the last week on their final assessed performances. I have to confess,...

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Undefeated Spirit

It would be remiss of me not to start this week’s blog with a moment of reflection around the events on our doorstep on Wednesday. Often in schools, you are slightly cocooned during the day, and unless someone tells you about events in the outside world it is easy to be lost in the here...

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Steaming Ahead

As we are moving to a three year GCSE in September, this week has seen the deadline for both year 9 and year 8 to choose their options for their GCSEs. This is a time for our students to start, if they haven’t already, to think seriously about their futures and I have been very...

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Skating Lessons

The last two weekends I have been trying to do teach my youngest son to roller skate because his best friend got a set of skates for his 7th birthday, but there are a number of problems with this learning process. The first issue was that I hadn’t skated for nearly 30 years, so I suddenly...

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Signatures and Cyndi Lauper

Personally, this week, my time has been absorbed with huge numbers of legal documents and meetings with planners. I will be the first to admit that sometimes I find that aspect of the job hardest because it pulls me away from the students and being around classrooms and corridors, but it is very necessary for the...