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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...

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From Bingo to Behzinga

It seems to have been a very busy week, and I am not sure I ever thought I would entitle a blog from Bingo to Behzinga. Many thanks to Mrs Essery for writing the blog last week. I spent the day with our proposed Trust partner looking at finances, school structures, curriculum plans, plus a...

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Power for Good

Mr Frost has asked me, as his Deputy to write the blog this week. I thought I would share a few of the highlights of the week. We welcomed the year 11s back to lessons after their week of PPEs. Teachers are marking the exam papers and are looking forward to seeing how much progress...

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Remembrance

As you would expect from somebody with a history and politics background, I cannot write my blog today without reference to Armistice Day. I always find today to be a sobering experience as you look back at sacrifices made by our armed forces to enable us to live in a fee and open democracy, but...

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Student Aspirations

I trust you all enjoyed some brief respite during half term. I know holidays, and half term holidays in particular, can often feel like little more than catch up time nowadays. Without sounding hopelessly nostalgic, I remember when I entered the profession that teachers and students alike had more freedom and capacity to really enjoy...

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Performance Tables

I have never really understood why the DfE release so much information at the end of half terms and terms, but last Friday the national performance tables went live. In previous years, these have been focussed solely on 5A*-C including Maths and English, but that measure no longer exists. Rather, the headlines are now around...

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Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers To The Right

What a bizarre start to the week with the various clown threats against schools, and I can only hope the phenomenon disappears quickly. The interesting thing for me was that on the way to school on Monday, there was a big survey produced about working hours of teachers, and the usual debates about the accuracy...

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A Busy Week

Firstly, can I apologise that the blog took so long to go up last week, and can I equally encourage you to still read it? The blog was discussing my take on academisation, and the strategic direction of the school. This week seems to have been one of the busiest I have experienced since I...