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The various letters sent to the wider school community during the school year.

‘Calming the Storm’ – a reflection on 5 days of Lock-Down

It is inevitable that so many of our metaphors on crises point at our country’s war experiences of the last century, and encouraged by Dad’s Army etc. that ethos still flows rich in our writing. I’ve chosen the ‘weather’ metaphor … Continue reading

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Claires Court Home Learning work letter ◆ 19 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians On Wednesday, Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children … Continue reading

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Preparing for all eventualities – March 2020

Whilst every week of school is busy, this time of year Claires Court is at its most active, and with every part of our antennae ever focussed on the education, health and care of our children and staff as the … Continue reading

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Investing in the near future – why do it?

February in our school year is almost certainly the busiest time in my personal schedule. Not only are there multiple opportunities to attend meetings after school, I have the Principal’s day job, Head of Exam centres (x2), SB headteacher responsibilities, … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences – the product of chaotic & disruptive events 2020

So Dear Reader… This Blog is about the world, the UK, school and the future, so please stay tuned because, reading this on the day of publication St Valentine’s day, you’ll guess my thoughts don’t end on a low point. … Continue reading

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‘Are you a Sharent’… an information article from the ThinkUknow peeps for Parents.

With schools reopening for the new term, it’s interesting to read about the growing problem of social media sites using their control of user-shared media for purposes way beyond parental expectation. Here’s the ThinkUknow peeps on the matter – text … Continue reading

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“The key to educational success? Side with the teacher, not your child.” Katharine Birbalsingh – *particualrly important in the 2020s

Dear Reader, before current parents being to froth at the mouth at my choice of Blog title for the new Decade of the 21st Century, I must quickly make clear that the title is not of my making, but the … Continue reading

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Claires Court Senior Carol Service 17 December 2019

Our Carol Services follow a shortened version of the Service of Nine Lessons with Carols, first drawn up by Edward Benson when Bishop of Truro for use in his cathedral. It was simplified and adapted for use in the chapel … Continue reading

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Anti-Social behaviour concerns in the Thames Valley

Letter supported by the Buckinghamshire Association of Secondary Headteachers. 10 December 2019 The following text is extracted from a letter sent this week to all families in Bucks, from the headteachers of all the Buckinghamshire secondary schools, as the heads … Continue reading

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Exploring being human, be that real, digital, virtual or hybrid

The following blog arose from my attendance at the ISC Digital Strategy conference, on whose organising committee I sit and make a contribution. The 2019 Digital Strategy magazine can be found here, and my article on our school’s contribution can … Continue reading

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