Headteacher's Blog

12 Apr

Save the date?

Thank you: you did it! You have all got through to the end of the term. It has been a long term and there have been significant challenges (good and bad) thrown at us. Our collective strength and our desire to ask children to lift their game to meet our standards has meant that, on the whole, we’ve had a very successful 13 or 14 weeks.

 

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05 Apr

'Tonight the streets are ours'

I had the real pleasure on Friday evening to go and see the Richard Hawley penned ‘Standing at Sky’s Edge’. It was absolutely wonderful and I wholeheartedly recommended however don’t rush to buy tickets as it finished this Saturday. Hopefully it will get an extension to the run or be transferred (maybe to the West End?).

 

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29 Mar

England's Youth

I’m minded to talk about Europe today. Don’t worry that dreaded Brexit won’t be mentioned. I was thinking about schools and our school in particular whilst watching England football team play on Friday evening and then again this last Monday.

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22 Mar

A royal visit

It’s been another busy week. In addition to doing all those things that we would typically do on a busy week in March we do want recognise the fact that we’ve had a royal visit. Those events happen rarely. It can be relatively easy to be cynical about these things but we mustn’t. As was said prior to the visit... we’re a good school, doing a great job, in a tough community. As I say regularly, it’s only when we look at ourselves through the eyes of others do we truly see who we are and what we do. We do add real value and we make a significant difference to the children and families of this community. 
 
 

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15 Mar

Goodbye Gareth and Welcome Your Royal Highness

The wind and the rain has not made for a temperate environment; climatically or socially. All of us who work in schools know that the climatic conditions can have a significant impact upon how children present. This week has been as wet and wild as any time in the past academic year and so to come out of the week unscathed is something of an achievement. Any success we have had is in no small part to the consistency and contributions by a whole range of staff and pupils. In our more challenging moments we rely on our collective strength, not on the perceived strengths of an individual or a relatively small cohort of staff. ‘Together we are stronger’: this is absolutely correct, and even more true when we have challenging days, with lashings of rain and gusting winds. Goodbye and good riddance Gareth.

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