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Rich Tapestry

It was a slightly surreal feeling in school before half term with both year 10 on work experience and year 11 on their PPEs, and it has felt more normal to be back to full capacity this week. It has been fascinating talking to Year 10 students about their experiences on work experience, and in...

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Bad Hair Day

I appreciate this is a problem I have to worry about less about every year, but it was lovely to feel the lower part of the school coming together for such a good cause today. As the students have been made aware in more detail, this campaign had a personal element for one of our...

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Decisions, Dilemmas and Donations

I would like to start this week by thanking parents and students (and, of course, staff) for Tuesday evening. It was a slightly surreal atmosphere having 2 year groups going through two different processes, but obviously this is a one year transition model. The conversations with parents were insightful but more importantly really supportive of...

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Reflecting on Personal Ambitions

I would like to start this week by offering all the Year 10 students that are about to embark on work experience all my very best; for a while work experience has been under pressure in schools, but I believe that a well sourced work experience can really reveal a huge amount about the world of...

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Thinking about the Future

Tuesday this week saw all of our Year 8 and 9 cohorts have presentations about university options and choices, and helped to start thinking about their futures. I don’t believe that university is the right option for every child, but I do believe that every student should consider their futures carefully and consider the qualifications...

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Expect the Unexpected

There is nothing quite like rushing back from a meeting in Upminster to meet a consultant about academisation, ahead of Year 9 parents evening, through a sudden snow storm, only to be told by my PA that a Year 11 student wanted to see me for a final check of Controlled Assessment plan – perhaps...

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Welcome Back

Welcome back, and I hope that all the students have been able to enjoy the festive period and relax ahead of this short yet intense term. I was discussing with another Headteacher as to which holiday gave you the most downtime to recharge the batteries, and he was adamant that it was Christmas; certainly, the...

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Seasons’ Greetings

Whilst there will be a newsletter next week, this is the last blog before Christmas, so please let me start by wishing you all a very happy festive period. Although not all will celebrate Christmas itself, I think there is something special about this school holiday. Families will all come together and we will all be...

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88%

The Ipsos-Mori Poll came out this week that rates the public trust and confidence in different professions, and teachers scored 88% trust rating. To set in context, this was the 3rd highest rating after nurses (93%) and doctors (91%). I think in a time when there are so many challenges around recruitment to schools (and...

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Work Hard, Play Hard

I sat and had lunch with a group of year 11 girls on Thursday because they were feeling anxious about getting their PPE (‘Mocks’ in old language) results that afternoon, and I think I slightly surprised them with my attitude of “I am glad you feel anxious”. Obviously, I want all students and staff to...