Headteacher's Blog

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


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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10 Sep

Welcome back

I hope that you all had a great holiday. And that the return to school has been good. It has feel felt very calm around the school and the children seem to have come back with positive attitudes and a desire to learn. Long may that continue! 

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17 Jul

Countdown to summer

At the end of what for some of us has been a traumatic week, in respect of the football at least, I do not want to dwell on World Cup issues. Let’s move on from that. I’ve only another 28 years to wait until being able to watch my next World Cup semi-final. I can cope with that. 

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