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Academic Principal Claires Court Schools Long term member & advocate of the Independent Schools Association

Principals’ Blog – end of Summer Term 2019

The following blog was published to our parents and community on 12 July 2019. A year ago at this time, I was writing to parents in such a newsletter, briefly, about the challenges facing the English Football team, just after … Continue reading

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The missing 50+% of data; why schools need to worry about more than the ‘easy to measure’!

It’s been a tough term so far for the blogger in me; writing the weekly roundup for the Senior Boys school under time deadlines seems to kill my muse for other writing. In addition, creating new assembly material that threads … Continue reading

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Children v Choice, at the heart of the mental health crisis 2019

I have just spent the day at the University of Kent, in the company of a range of distinguished secondary school heads as part of our sector’s work in keeping up-to-date with Higher Education and their challenges, as well as … Continue reading

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100 days back at the helm, and no turning back.

Lent Term 2019 has whistled through the first 100 days of my return to Headship. I’ve had some key priorities, not least to establish my credentials anew as Head of Senior Boys to parents, pupils and above all staff, as … Continue reading

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Elective Action, ‘Having a care, Making a difference’

Return to work after the February half-term break always see the Claires Court community turn itself ‘towards doing good for others’. This pattern of activity harks back to our life as a ‘Catholic’ school, during which time we incorporated the … Continue reading

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Will commentators with their obsessions about exclusivity ever wake up to reality?

This week’s blog is written not by myself, other than this introduction. Lord Lexden is both a personal friend and one of our school, and of both our association and the Independent Sector as a whole. Below is his letter, … Continue reading

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#WeRemember – Holocaust Memorial Assembly at Claires Court, 28 January 2019

Eight remarkable ladies have produced a remarkable short film, to support the International Holocaust Remembrance day: “Join us in ensuring the Holocaust is never forgotten – 2019 #WeRemember Campaign”. We are asked show them we’re listening. Post your ‘We Remember’ … Continue reading

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