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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...

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New Experiences

In a previous blog, I mentioned the fact that the school would almost certainly engage with the academisation agenda in the near future, and I felt it was timely to offer parents, students and the community an update on our current thoughts. From the outset, I stress that this is not the formal consultation, Tony...

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A Load of Balls

Particularly for the new Year 7 parents, I have always tried to use these blogs as opportunity to set standards, kept the community abreast of developments, but also give parents an insight in to life at Marshalls Park; indeed, the tone will also vary with the content, so please excuse some of the weird and...

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Setting Standards

We hosted the first of our Standards Evenings last night for Year 10 parents and students to help them understand the pressures and challenges that the students will be facing over the next 20 months before their GCSEs. The parents I spoke to were both appreciative and constructive in supporting the school and their children...

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Welcome Back

A huge welcome back to all our students, staff, parents, governors and indeed the wider community. I am sure most parents will fall in to 2 camps: where did that time go and wish we had longer; versus glad to get their children/young adults back in to the routine of school and fully occupied –...

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End of the Year

I know we still have 3 days left next week, and Sports Day today, but this is the last opportunity for a substantive piece before we break up. (I hasten to add there will be a newsletter next week). I was asked again the other night (this time at Parklands excellent adaption of The Lion...

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Yes, I have Eaten Guinea Pig!

Apologies from the outset to vegetarians and furry pet lovers! I was discussing with Mr Derrett on Monday about the idea of having more animals in the science labs, and I asked the science team to put a paper together with some ideas, costings, health and safety implications, and plans for holiday care in place....