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Head’s Blog

The latest posts from our Headteacher, Leon Choueke.

Home Learning

‘Home learning’ or ‘homework’ is an issue that is difficult for a school to come up with a definitive solution which satisfies all parents’ point of view. This sentiment was reflected in the recent survey canvasing parents about their thoughts on home learning; it came…

Welcome to our new website!

It doesn’t seem that long ago when, as a newly qualified teacher, the blackboard was the central feature of my classroom. There wasn’t a day when I didn’t come home from school with chalk on my clothes or in what was left of my hair….

Black History Month

This weekend, I was reading an article written by Benjamin Zephaniah. In it, he argued that, despite feelings that society has progressed towards greater racial equality, in actual fact, we have not come nearly far enough. He suggests that Black History Month is a symptom…

Sad News

It saddens me to start my first blog of the new academic year with some devastating news I received over the summer. The day after we said goodbye to Bill our Network manager we learned about a tragic accident that cut short the life of…

The end of a fantastic year!

The end of term always comes around quickly and this term has been no different. For the school it has been a busy but exceptional year and the school has gone from strength to strength. One of the best pieces of advice that Mrs Boffey…

Transitional Times

During the holiday, I watched the state opening of Parliament. Though I have always been interested in the colour, tradition and ceremony of the event, on this occasion I paid more careful attention, viewing it all through the eyes of a new head teacher. I…

The Ofsted Inspection

The notion of an ‘outsider’ coming into your school to make a judgement about the ethos and learning is a daunting experience. One can only hope that whoever the inspectors are and whatever backgrounds they come from, that they see, experience and understand the essence…

Time to Reflect

At times when learning something new, we will all have faced great challenges. While learning can be fun, if it is something that needs that extra focus and needs to be practised over and over before progress can be experienced, it can feel quite daunting….

The Things That Matter

A problem with the role of Headteacher is that it is all too easy to lose sight of the things that really matter in a school. One can get bogged down in all the paper work, meetings and emails that never seem to stop arriving….

Making a Difference

I stumbled across a story on the internet yesterday which struck a chord with me, and which I thought I would share. An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a…