Headmaster's Blog

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  • Published on 07/05/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Far better respect

    I have just read about a recent piece of research conducted amongst 13,000 teenagers in England, the Netherlands and Sweden, regarding the relationship between a child’s popularity and their age-position in their class.
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  • Published on 30/04/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Read in order to live

    One of my (many!) weaknesses is that I am a very pernickety linguist, finding it hard to resist interfering when I spot linguistic imperfections or when exacting standards of detail are not met! Viewed differently and charitably, I hope that others perceive this as reflecting high expectations of li...
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  • Published on 23/04/21 by Natalie Hunt

    The opportunity to play

    The very happy news of Leicester City’s qualification for the FA Cup Final was unfortunately overshadowed earlier this week by the shock announcement of a European Super League. The opposition to such an extraordinary proposal was unequivocal and the fans very soon got their way. The owner...
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  • Published on 16/04/21 by Natalie Hunt

    In the service of others

    We began the new term this morning in glorious – if chilly – sunshine. I hope that you were able to meet with family over the Easter break (maybe wrapped in blankets in the garden!) and that some of you enjoyed celebrating Vaisakhi earlier this week. We think too of our Muslim community...
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  • Published on 12/03/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Mind, body and soul

    It has been so good to have all our pupils back in school again, and for the corridors to resound with their happy chatter. We have been impressed by their ready willingness to comply with additional measures to keep both our own and the wider community safe, and we are desperately keen to keep them...
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  • Published on 05/03/21 by Natalie Hunt

    A team effort

    I remember a wise colleague telling me when I first became a head that the most important thing I would do would be appointing new staff. This time of year is always very busy for recruitment as we consider timetable needs and seek to replace the valued members of our team who are leaving...
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  • Published on 26/02/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Doors of opportunity

    We seem to be heading in the right direction! Let’s really hope that those words “cautious” and “irreversible” will be the theme of the next few weeks as different aspects of society gradually re-open. We’re truly delighted that children’s education has b...
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  • Published on 12/02/21 by Natalie Hunt

    A good cuppa

    “I feel I have done nothing, when I am doing everything.” So said a nurse earlier this week as she expressed her guilt over her inability to save lives, despite giving all in her power to do so.
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  • Published on 05/02/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Inspiration

    I have Mr Grimadell, Head of Year 7, to thank for my inspiration this week! (And, I have to admit, there are Thursday evenings when my own muse is not as prolific as others!)
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  • Published on 29/01/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Suffering and compassion

    However hard we try to remain positive and full of hope, we cannot pretend that life is a bundle of laughs currently. Whereas many of us knew few people who had tested positive last spring, the situation has changed enormously and most of us will now know either someone who has sadly died or who has...
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  • Published on 22/01/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Everyone a leader

    Leadership currently is more important than ever, and we shall no doubt have our own views about the effectiveness of political leadership in such hugely complex times. I am sure we have also all been fascinated, as well as alarmed, by what we have witnessed in the United States over the last fortni...
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  • Published on 15/01/21 by Natalie Hunt

    Start where you are

    We are really pleased to ‘see’ pupils back in lessons and have been impressed in the first week by their levels of engagement. The ability now afforded to us by the Teams update to see whole classes on screen and to send pupils into break-out rooms to collaborate makes a substantial diff...
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