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How many people does it take to catch a rabbit?

We hosted the Tea in the Quad event on Tuesday; in the drizzle for the 2nd year running, so it became tea in the library again. This is where where we meet our new Year 7 students that need that little bit of extra nurturing as they start their time at Marshalls Park. It was...

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Celebration, Mystery and Some Farewells

It has been a week full of events in school, and it has provided an opportunity for huge amounts of students’ engagement. We had Sports Day on Tuesday, as well as the District Sports yesterday, and this allowed both the mass participation from form groups alongside the individual achievements. I was pleased that a number...

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New Surroundings

It was lovely getting to meet our new Year 7 students yesterday, and watching them easing in to their surroundings. There is, of course, the apprehension, the nerves, the anxiety, and the worry, but also the excitement, the anticipation and the thrill of new experiences. I hasten to add I am talking about the students,...

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Recognition and Resilience

Last night saw the inaugural Havering Learning Partnership Awards; an event that was designed to celebrate those colleagues that have made a significant contribution to each secondary school and post-16 colleges’ students. I admit that I have very mixed feelings at a personal level about choosing staff in different categories, but I wanted to support...

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Many Opportunities

It was lovely to meet the Year 6 parents and students last night ahead of their Induction days in two weeks’ time. This year, we are doing two days of Induction as I think it is good for the students to have the opportunity to reflect overnight about their experiences, and then return the next...

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Britain’s Future

As we wake up to an uncertain future in the country’s political landscape, it will be a strange time in the public sector; where will public policy take us, who will shape the agenda, and what will funding look like. Equally, as someone interested in politics, it is fascinating that in recent elections that we...

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Half Term Arrives

As ever before half term, I will keep my blog relatively short with the newsletter to follow later, and indeed it sees another busy half term draw to close, albeit with the various revision sessions over the next week there will be a lot of staff and Year 11 students that don’t have much of...

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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...