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Head’s Blog

The latest posts from our Headteacher, Leon Choueke.

Emotional Intelligence And Fantastic Mr Fox

On a recent tour, showing prospective parents around the school, I was asked what I felt Coleridge’s greatest strength was. I answered, that while we have high expectations for our children academically, we place equal, if not greater, importance on the development of the whole…

What, How And Why?

Working in education is one of the most rewarding jobs you could wish for, especially when you see the positive impact that your work is having on children and families. However, juggling all the challenges thrown your way can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed and…

Developing Teachers, and Teaching

Today we held internal interviews for a new middle leadership role. These positions don’t come up very often; when they do I am always impressed with the number of applicants and the aspirations of our staff team. Today was no different. Candidates were given an…

An Open Letter To Theresa May

Dear Prime Minister, I woke this morning to the news that you have decided to invest £320 million in the creation of another 140 new free schools – this on top of the 500 you have already pledged to create by 2020. I applaud your…

Campaign For Fair Funding

On Tuesday 17th January, I attended a meeting at Rhodes Avenue Primary school. The meeting was organised by a group of local parents who have joined together to campaign against the cuts that are facing all schools across the country. The turnout was hugely impressive…

Social Media

The run up to the American election and the subsequent victory for Donald Trump have left many people feeling astonished and dumb founded – myself included. Democracy and freedom of speech are important values; they afford everybody a voice and an equal chance to have…

The Funding Challenge

It is no secret that many state schools – ourselves included – are in financial difficulty. Shrinking budgets and rising costs threaten to impact upon what schools are able to offer their students. Coleridge is not a profit-making organisation; student welfare, safety and education is…

The EU and Community

It has been an unforgettable couple of weeks, and regardless of your political views you cannot escape hearing about, reading or participating in a discussion on the EU Referendum. It has been staggering how prevalent it has been. In all the discussions I have had,…

Standardised Testing vs. Creative Thinking

Over the last term, Year 6 and Year 2 have been sitting their SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests), and I could not have been prouder of the way in which they approached them. The children were calm and all aspired to do their very best. While…

Driving Change

Before taking the job as head teacher, I remember talking to my predecessor, Mrs Boffey, about the importance of ‘staying ahead of the game’. However, in the current political climate this is becoming increasingly difficult, with change being thrown at education almost on a weekly…