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Goodbye to 2016

It is ten minutes past three and everyone will soon be disappearing off for their Christmas holidays. The school is remarkably calm as it has been throughout the lead up to Christmas. Well done to staff, pupils and parents for this. It was lovely to see a full church for our carol service yesterday. We…

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Its that mad time of year again when we have the big build up to Christmas (I am sure it gets earlier and earlier!). It is probably the only part of education that has not changed in the 28 years since I started teaching. It is the only part that successive governments and Ofsted have…

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Please check before making a judgement

School leaders have in the last week or so dealt with three incidents in a thorough and extremely fair way, parents have been informed and children appropriately dealt with. Unfortunately in all three cases children have gone home and told their parents a different version in the hope of not getting in trouble. The parents…

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Challenging times

As I have mentioned a few times recently, schools are facing a very challenging period managing an ever decreasing budget at the same time as continuing to raise standards and improve. Last year all schools in Croydon lost the equivalent of £200 per pupil to help pay for High Needs in Croydon and the same is likely…

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Something extra

I have been lucky enough to spend the last two Fridays at Whitgiftian Rugby club in the sunshine watching our children succeed in different ways. The tag rugby team played fantastically well in their festival and only lost by a golden try. There was disappointment of course but they dealt with it in the correct…

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