Headteacher's Blog

12 Oct

It's good to talk.

We are at that time in the year when we see a job to be done, we do it and we move on. There doesn’t seem to be that much time for the other bits and pieces that make working in the school so enjoyable. 

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09 Oct

World Mental Health Day

I wouldn’t mind this week just reflecting upon some of the messages shared by Ms Grice through her assemblies. As staff and pupils we have been looking at how we might support each other, how we might consider our health and well-being. I wouldn’t mind this week just reflecting upon some of the messages shared by Ms Grice through her assemblies. As staff and pupils we have been looking at how we might support each other, how we might consider our health and well-being. We are clear in that respect. We know we have a duty to look out for ourselves and look out for our friends and associates.
 

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28 Sep

Substance not just style.

We’ve got to that point in the term when the summer fun seems a distant memory and a half-time rest is too far off into a future for us to look forward to it with any relish. We do know that we are doing a great job, day day out: I appreciate that and thank you all; staff, pupils and parents.
 

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21 Sep

Stay stylish, forget fashion.

The autumnal shift hasn’t made it a particularly easy week but, as always, we have dug in, supported each other and, consequently, prospered. The weather conditions of this week were quite exceptional and we might only expect a few days over the autumn and winter as poor as it was yesterday. We continue to work hard on our systems, structures and processes to ensure that, even when the weather might not be great, we all know what we are doing, the pupils are clear of our expectations and together we work to ensure that the school is successful.

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14 Sep

Experts?

Over the past 12 months or so I’ve been thinking about the approach we should be taking to school improvement. Not just in respect of Oakwood but beyond, across the system. All too often teachers (and I am no exception) use gut instinct to determine the direction of travel. We might be ‘right’ on occasions but as intelligent professionals it really shouldn’t be the way to execute educational policy or improvement strategies. 

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