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The latest blog posts from our school community.

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…

A return to fitness

Thank you to you all who have welcomed me back to school and shown concern for my health over the last couple of months. Having something go wrong with your body, unexpectedly, is something that can happen in life and one cannot underestimate the amount…

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…