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  • TrailBlazers Graduate

    Published 26/05/23, by Raj Patel

    As the curtains closed on our Year 13 Sixth Formers, the Pinner High School Trailblazers reached a significant milestone in their lives - their graduation. This momentous occasion signified the culmination of years of hard work, growth and personal development. We celebrated the accomplishments and welcomed Mr Woolf back to be a part of the ceremonies.

    The graduation of our Trailblazers represented a transformative journey of personal and academic growth. These exceptional students had overcome challenges, embraced opportunities and acquired valuable skills that prepared them for the next chapter of their lives.  The graduation ceremony served as a platform to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our Trailblazers. It was a time to acknowledge their outstanding academic accomplishments, leadership endeavours and contributions to the school community. The ceremony recognised not only their individual achievements but also the collective spirit and camaraderie that had shaped their Pinner High School experience.

    As they embark on new beginnings, these wonderful students carry with them the memories, friendships and experiences that shaped their high school journey. With boundless potential and a spirit of resilience, they are ready to leave their mark on the world, armed with the knowledge and skills gained during their time at our school.

    To all Year 11 and Year 13 students

    As you approach your final exams, we want to acknowledge your hard work and offer our best wishes. Your dedication, adaptability and perseverance has been remarkable. Remember that these exams are a culmination of your growth and resilience. Take care of yourselves and seek support from teachers and peers. Believe in your abilities and approach each exam with confidence. Your worth extends beyond these exams and your future is bright. Embrace the challenge and let your brilliance shine. Good luck!




    A group of our Politics students visited Haydon School to listen to Alastair Campbell talk about his new book. He was very interactive with his talk and many of our students were able to share their thoughts on politics and ask questions. He was very impressed with our pupils afterwards and shared his thoughts with LBC radio. 1.29 min -2.40 min.




    Author Manjeet Mann Inspires Students at Pinner High School

    On Wednesday May 10th, we had the privilege of hosting a remarkable guest speaker - Manjeet Mann, the esteemed author of the acclaimed novels Run Rebel and The Crossing. The event provided students with a unique opportunity to delve into the world of writing and gain invaluable insights from a successful author. 

    Manjeet engaged our eager audience with anecdotes from her own writing journey, captivating them with tales of her career as a writer. She shared her personal experiences triumphs, and challenges, enlightening students about the realities of pursuing a creative path. As she spoke, her passion for storytelling and the written word resonated throughout the room, inspiring the young minds in attendance.

    One of the key highlights of the talk was when she discussed the inspiration behind her most recent novels. She shared how her own life experiences, as well as the struggles and triumphs of those around her, served as a wellspring of ideas for her stories. By weaving in the narratives of marginalised individuals, Manjeet emphasised the importance of breaking glass ceilings and giving voice to the underprivileged. Her novels serve as a platform for these individuals to be seen and heard, a testament to the power of literature in fostering empathy and understanding.

    The event proved to be a resounding success, leaving a lasting impact on our students. The visit served as a reminder that dreams are within reach and that their voices matter. It encouraged students to explore their creative passions fearlessly and to use their writing as a means to advocate for those less advantaged.


    Celebrating Victories and Triumphs in Sports 

    Year 9 and Year 10 football victories, Key Stage 4 Girls Harrow Borough Cup Champions, and Borough Athletics Qualifiers!

    Pinner High School has recently been buzzing with excitement as our talented students have achieved remarkable successes in various sports competitions. From football triumphs to outstanding performances in athletics, our students have showcased their skills, determination and team spirit. Let us dive into the highlights of these incredible accomplishments.

    Year 9 Football Harrow Borough Cup - Undefeated Champions! 

    In a stunning display of skill and resilience, our Year 9 football team emerged victorious in the Harrow Borough Cup, capping off an undefeated season. The final match against Park High was a thrilling encounter that ended with an impressive 8-2 victory for our team. This triumph was made even sweeter considering their loss to the same team by a narrow margin of 1-0 the previous year. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire Year 9 team for their exceptional performance and unwavering determination!

    Year 10 Football Harrow Borough Cup - Finalists in the Making!

    The Year 10 boys football team has also been making waves in the Harrow Borough Cup. With an impressive run in the competition they have secured their place in the final. Their remarkable skills, teamwork, and perseverance have brought them to this stage, and we eagerly await their upcoming match. Let's rally behind our Year 10 team and wish them the best of luck in the final!

    Key Stage 4 Girls Harrow Borough Cup - Back-to-Back Champions!

    The girls once again triumphed in the Harrow Borough Cup, clinching the title for the second consecutive year. Their final match against Park High was a true display of talent and determination, resulting in a resounding 7-3 victory. The girls have shown remarkable commitment and skill throughout the competition, and their back-to-back championships are a testament to their hard work and dedication. We commend the whole team for their exceptional achievements and commendable sportsmanship!

    Borough Athletics Qualifiers - Pinner High School Shines!

    Pinner High School's athletics team has reason to celebrate as nine talented students have qualified for the borough athletics team. These athletes have demonstrated exceptional abilities in their respective events, earning them well-deserved recognition. We proudly acknowledge their achievements:


    Horacio                 Qualified for the 200m event

    Ellias                      Qualified for the 300m event

    Bevan                   Qualified for the 800m event (an impressive feat for a Year 8 student!)

    Sam                       Qualified for the 1500m event

    Ishaanth              Qualified for the 300m event in Year 10

    Caspian                Qualified for the Shot event in Year 10

    Caitlin                    Qualified for the Shot event

    Oliva                      Qualified for the High Jump event

    Alana                     Qualified for the Discus event

    These students have displayed incredible talent, dedication, and determination in their respective disciplines. We applaud their achievements and wish them the best of luck as they represent Pinner High School in the upcoming borough athletics events.


    Inspiring Art Exploration at Tate Britain: Year 12 A-Level

    On Wednesday May 19th, Year 12 A-Level Art students embarked on an exhilarating artistic journey at Tate Britain. The purpose of the visit was to conduct research for their fine art personal investigations, immersing themselves in the rich and diverse world of art.  Students eagerly embraced the opportunity to engage with renowned artworks, seeking inspiration to fuel their own creative endeavours.


    Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP)

    Our students joined with schools across the country at the Year 10 MEP National Conference. The event, Journey to the East: a Voyage of Discovery, featured fascinating talks about China’s history, politics, and cultural heritage, including brilliant sessions about Chinese animation, internet fiction, and music. Speakers from Cambridge University, King’s College London, Universities of London, and Oxford University led sessions on further Chinese study at university and using Chinese in the workplace.

    Students were addressed by Nick Gibb, Rt. Hon. Minister of State for Schools, who encouraged the MEP cohort in their studies, and praised their hard work. The conference ended with a live performance from the Mandarin-speaking band Transition. The main event was held at the sleek National Convention Centre in Birmingham but students also had the chance to explore Birmingham's Chinatown and enjoy a Chinese meal together. 

    Science Update: Pinner High School Celebrates Three Medicine Offers!

    We are proud to announce that three exceptional students, Julia, Nathan and Nabil, have received offers to study medicine. Their outstanding achievements and dedication to the field of science have earned them this well-deserved recognition. We congratulate them on this significant milestone and celebrate their journey toward becoming future medical professionals.  All three students have demonstrated exceptional aptitude and passion for the sciences throughout their time at PHS. Their commitment to academic excellence, coupled with their genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others, has paved the way for these remarkable offers.

    Veer, one of our Sixth Formers, has successfully completed phase one of STEM SMART with Cambridge University.  Each week Veer was set work that complemented his studies at school.  Students were also assigned a Cambridge student as a mentor, meeting fortnightly online to discuss a number of themes concerning studying at university, for example; university life, choosing courses and applying to university. Two live subject-focussed talks will also be given by researchers from the university about their cutting-edge work.

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  • March - Aiming For Gold

    Published 30/03/23, by Raj Patel

    Duke of Edinburgh Gold

    Seven Sixth Form students successfully completed their Practice Expedition - this involved four days of hiking and three nights of wild camping in the Brecon Beacons of Wales.  All students showed excellent team work, adapting to varied weather and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the expedition. The photo above shows them around the cairn - their final summit on top of Sugarloaf Mountain on Day 4.  Students will be completing their Qualifying Expedition in June. 

    Year 13 University Cooking Preparation

    Sixth Form students participated in a 4 week cooking class, involving how to budget with simple ingredients whilst creating bulk meals.  During Masterchef week the students were given a budget of £5 to serve 4 and make a creative fit for a student meal.  Well done to the winner A Parmar!Huge thanks to Miss Moore for giving up her time to teach them safety rules. 



    Success Stories

    Congratulations to Year 12 student C Oppong-Boaheng who has been offered a place on the St John’s Inspire Programme.  A huge field of entrants led to a competitive selection process and being offered a much coveted place.

    Congratulations to year 12 student J Cruz on being accepted on to an extremely competitive Target Oxbridge Programme.

    Congratulations to Year 11 student T Tam who has been awarded a music scholarship for Year 12.

    Congratulations to a Year 9 student who has been accepted to Brit School! 





    Congratulations to Year 10 student R Kullar!  He has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for the qualifying round from UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge.

    Year 10 Maths Feast Competition 2023

    On Friday 24th February we took 8 Year 10 students to St Dominics for the Year 10 Advanced Mathematics Support Programme Maths Feast. This was competing in teams of 4 against other schools in London and the South-East of England. The students showed such amazing teamwork, even congratulating each other ‘well done’ when a participant of the team achieved the correct answer.

    The team of Aarugen Mathivathanan, Drish Pillai, Marbi Hasula, and Pritam Kalsi came 6th, and Ilayda Brown, Seerat Gandhok, Anya Topan and Delani Sathiyabalan came 8th.

    An asset to the Pinner High School Maths Department.




    Girls Physics Tournament

    Some of our top Year 10 female Physics students competed in an all Girls Physics Tournament held at St Helen's School.  Students: H Nandha / D Sathiyabalan / Z Swiatek and L Aqbarawi showed incredible resilience, teamwork and critical thinking skills to solve challenging physics problems and perform practical investigations. The Physics themed escape room was a particular highlight.  Performing exceptionally well, the girls came fourth overall, being ranked the top state school.

    The Science department hosted 120 students from Cannon Lane Primary School, introducing them to our Science labs. GCSE chemistry experiments took place, as well as a Harry Potter-themed flame test challenge and testing for hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide. 





    Celebrating International Womens day

    Young Women in STEM and Cyber

    Some of our female Computer Science students in Year 9 and Year 10 attended the Young Women in STEM and Cyber event at the National Museum of Computing.  An excellent day was had by all, exploring the exciting world of STEM and Cyber.  Students were able to get hands-on with facial recognition software, crack encrypted messages, code secret messages in jewellery, discuss ethical hacking and delve into the history of encryption.  They also used their data analysis skills to explore the statistics of women working in STEM subjects over the last 50 years.  All students were exceptionally well-behaved throughout the day, demonstrating the Pinner High Values of respect, responsibility and resilience.  They all embraced the challenges of the day!

    Some Year 7 students visited The Royal Albert Hall for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour and to watch a rehearsal performance of a band (who were performing later that night).  A Music and Science workshop followed and an excellent day was had by all. 









    Our Year 12 Business students visited the Museum of Brands to learn about branding and packaging. They explored 200 years of consumer culture and studied the time tunnel to see how products and consumer tastes have evolved.  It was fantastic to see the students applying what they have learned in lessons on branding and marketing to the real world.



    The Inclusion Department were excited to welcome Chris Painter in to complete workshops with some of our students in Years 7-12. Chris Painter is our Autism Focus guest speaker who also has a diagnosis of autism himself. Chris is a role model for our neurodiverse students and parents and talks about his challenges while in the school system and how he has overcome many barriers to become a successful film and TV stuntman as an adult. 


    Sports - Update

    Year 10 boys football team have progressed to the Harrow Borough semi final for the 2nd year running following a resounding 4-1 thrashing of Nower Hill in the quarter finals.  

    Year 9 boys football storm into the finals beating Hatch end 8-3, with the final matches held after the Easter break.

    Year 8 vs Year 9 inter house squad netball match - Year 8's fought incredibly hard and after the first half were only down by 1 goal but Year 9's dug deep and demonstrated their breadth in knowledge and skills to take the win 14-7.  Well done to all! 


    Charity News

    Hillingdon Food Bank is a charity organisation in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The food bank relies on donations from the community to provide emergency food supplies to those in crisis and unable to afford food. One of the recent donations to the food bank was from Pinner High School, which donated 64kg of food. 

    The contribution made by Pinner High School to the Hillingdon Food Bank is an excellent example of how individuals and organisations can make a difference in their community by supporting a food bank. The food donated by the school will go a long way in providing meals to individuals and families in need.

    A bake sale organised by Year 12 students, led by J Dualeh, raised £248 for the earthquake disasters in Turkey & Syria.





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  • Jan/Feb Update

    Published 02/02/23, by Raj Patel

    International Trips Resume

    On 20 January the very first group of Year 13 A Level Science students known as the trailblazers had the opportunity to fly to Geneva, Switzerland to visit some famous scientific institutions and landmarks.  On the first day we made our way to the United Nations. The experience was phenomenal, from taking in the beauty of various rooms to learning about the 12 sustainable development goals - it was truly an awesome experience. 

    Day 2 we made our way to CERN for a guided tour where we learned about the Synchro-Cyclotron built in 1957, it was CERN’s first particle accelerator.  It provided beams for CERN's first experiments in particle and nuclear physics. We were taught by a Physics expert about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is the world's largest and highest energy particle collider.

    In the afternoon we visited the Red Cross Museum. We were introduced to the history of the Red Cross and learnt how the organisation has greatly helped millions of people around the world. The museum had lots of cool exhibits, art work and videos which really brought the experiences to life.

    During our stay at the hotel we had a great time in the evenings as we could all play together in the games lounge. It had a pool table, table football and a ping pong table. This gave us a lot of time to socialise, bond with one another and create lovely memories. It was a chance for us to enjoy our time with each other and made the trip really special, as this is our last year of secondary school.

    On the final day, we travelled a little outside the centre of Geneva and viewed the beautiful scenery of the lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.  After taking a lot of photos. and videos we made our way to the airport where we were greeted with a vast variety of Swiss shops and restaurants.

    Josh K (A Level scientist)


    Chemistry at Oxford University

    On 2 February some of our Year 10 Chemistry students travelled to the University of Oxford.  The day included listening to a presentation introducing Oxford, the collegiate system, its courses and opportunities and toured St. John’s College.  A Q&A with a current Oxford University student followed, as well as participation in a GCSE Chemistry challenge run by the Chemistry department. The students met a mixture of undergraduate students and students completing their post doc.  The trip was a huge success and left our students excited about what university life is like.






    Sixth Form Updates:

    We are celebrating a number of university offers our Year 13 students have received. These include;

    • University of Cambridge to study Mathematics
    • University of Warwick to study Computer Science
    • Imperial University to study Chemical Engineering
    • Loughborough University to read History
    • Lancaster University to read Law
    • University of Nottingham to study Pharmacy

    Sixth Form Supreme Court Trip

    Whilst studying the Sociology unit of 'Crime and Deviance' the Year 13 Sociology students attended a workshop, exhibition and tour of the Supreme Court. The students debated a discrimination case that was put forward in relation to a bakery refusing to make a LGBT+ positive cake which went against the owner’s Christian values.  Students explored the history of the Supreme Court and the current judges amending legislation. We visited three courtrooms whilst exploring the unique architecture and displays encouraging women to pursue higher roles in the British criminal justice system.

    British Mathematical Olympia

    Year 13 students Vlad and Saad achieved a Certificate of Merit in British Mathematical Olympiad 1. Only high scorers from the Senior Maths Challenge would participate in this gruelling 3.5 hour paper. They have worked very hard to get a certification and this is extremely difficult to achieve. They deserve all the credit for their hard work

    English GCSE Revision Supported by Sixth Form Students

    30 Year 11 students attended a voluntary English GCSE revision session led by our Sixth Form students. They covered set texts relating to the GCSE Literature course and tutoring on how to structure responses.

    Also Year 12 students, Shanaya V & Sapina B organised a team to run drop in sessions and made Form visits to answer option questions from Year 8 students. Very kind indeed.






    Indoor Athletics at Whitefriars (still awaiting full results) but many Year 7's beat personal bests and came in medal places. Amazing turn out at trials and the event from the Year 7's. 

    Great results from the Cross Country Team at the Harrow Borough Championship held at Harrow on School on in January.  The standout performance came from Leo W in Year 7 who came first in the Minor Boys category.  This is an amazing achievement and is our first victory in this race after 5 years of trying.  Kieran B in Year 9 ran a close second in the Junior Boys category, a great achievement in itself.  Overall, from a total of 24 runners from Years 7-11, 8 qualified to represent Harrow at the Middlesex Championships next week. This is a fantastic achievement and something we should all be proud of. 

    28 pupils from all year groups were chosen to represent PHS in the Harrow Borough Cross Country Championship in January at Harrow School.  The team were expected to build on the successes of last year/


    Harrow Borough Championships

    More runners entered than any other school in the borough

    Year 7  (Minor Boys category) - Leo W 1st place, Ethan D 4th place

    Year 8 - (Junior Boys category) Alex P 1st place from Year 8

    Year 9 - (Junior Boys category - Kieran B 2nd place overall

    Year 11 - (Intermediate Boys category) - Joseph T 5th place overall

    8 runners came in the top ten of their respective races, as a result of this they were all selected to represent Harrow Borough in the Middlesex County Championships.  The name of these are:  Leo W, Ethan D, Alex P, Kieran B, Bevan R, Ilayda B, Mouaaz S, Joseph T

    Middlesex County Championships 

    8 runners were selected for this event, this is an improvement on last year when 3 pupils were selected, this is an excellent achievement in itself.

    All runners competed well.  In a weird coincidence, 3 pupils were placed 17th in their respective races.  This is an excellent achievement considering the races had up to 90 runners in, all of whom were the best in their boroughs.

    Highest placed pupils were:  Leo W, Bevan R, Joseph T

    8 pupils made the Harrow X-country squad for the county race. We won the boys minor race, had the best year 8 boy, 2nd in the boys junior race.

    KS4 won the borough badminton plate competition

    The Year 7 netball team have won all 3 of their games since their league started in January. 

    The Pinner Press

    The English department launched a Newspaper Club for the Heads Challenge.  We have now published the 3rd edition of The Pinner Press!

    Year 8 – Be Kind Ambassador School

    As part of being a Be Kind Ambassador School we have been nominated for a Be Kind Star School award. We have submitted feedback on how our school promotes kindness and the impact this has had on the school, the community and its pupils.  Year 8 students were asked to submit their responses – here are some that have been received;

    How our school promotes kindness: 

    • When ordering lunch, we show kindness to the lunch ladies
    • Teachers are nice in the hallway and every day they say good morning
    • In assembly teachers demonstrate how to be kind to each other
    • We promote kindness by engaging students to join different groups, eg, PE, homework and LGBTQ+
    • We have many assemblies and form lessons about showing acts of kindness and friendship
    • PHS has promoted kindness by ensuring that bad situations are handled effectively and with a positive outcome
    • We show equality in lessons and don’t let anyone feel left out
    • Our school has promoted kindness by giving certificates and awards weekly to those who show kindness and respect
    • We have a Kindness Award so when students are really kind throughout the week they are awarded one.  This makes people become more dedicated to being kind
    • Teachers always help with homework
    • By having assemblies on the topic and giving awards and recognition for people who show these values
    • Teachers help in all activities by being supportive and kind. They include everyone as well as people with learning difficulties to make them feel included

     The impact this has had on the school, the community and its pupils:

    • All staff are happy
    • Students do not have a reason to be rude
    • It has reduced bad behaviour towards others
    • It has given students the chance to come out of their comfort zone, thus creating a confidence boost which is a key skill for the future, eg, for job interviews
    • My school environment feels a safe and secure place
    • People are more aware of their actions and show a better attitude towards one another.
      Everyone feels like they are treated the same way and know that who they are won’t affect how they are treated. In a better or worse way.

    Inclusion Department Update

    It has been a busy two terms in the Inclusion department where we have enjoyed welcoming new Year 7 students and welcoming back students in Year 8 -13!

    September saw the Inclusion department working closely with teachers and parents to help students with additional needs settle back into school and new classes. We have also had a heavy focus on collaboration and communication with students, parents, staff and external agencies this term. Part of this involved organising and hosting several Coffee Morning events to support parents of students with additional needs to share experiences and support. Additionally, our ARMS Provision Manager and SENDCo paid a visit to Bushey Meads School, where they were able to take part in a tour and begin networking with colleagues at the school to share best practice. We are looking forward to welcoming staff from Bushey Meads to visit Pinner High School in January!

    October and November saw us celebrating ADHD Awareness and Disability History Month, with assemblies and form time activities to share information and celebrate the differences and neurodiversity in our school community.

    Want to know more? Here are some helpful places to start:


    We have also been lucky to have the Centre for ADHD and Autism visit the school to give an assembly to Year 7. The assembly focused on what Autism is, what strengths and challenges come with an Autism diagnosis, and how the Year 7 students can work together to support peers with Autism. To build on the awareness being raised by these activities, the Inclusion department have been working closely with a guest speaker who has an Autism diagnosis. Chris Painter has delivered sessions to parents throughout the Autumn Term, and we are really excited for him to soon be conducting workshops with students from all Year groups with an Autism diagnosis.


    Disability History Month has been organised by Miss Howell and the Sixth Form Student Leadership team.

    ADHD awareness assemblies were delivered by Miss Walls to all Year groups to celebrate our differences.



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  • Highlights Nov/Dec

    Published 08/12/22, by Raj Patel

    Dear Readers
    As the term ends we are delighted to share some more successes and events with you all. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.


    Trip to the Houses of Parliament

    Our Year 12 & 13 Politics students recently had the opportunity to have a tour of the Houses of Parliament on.  They saw the House of Commons in action debating the current workforce crisis in the NHS, and how pharmacists might be deployed in working in the community through diabetes and hypertension clinics.  Following this, a tour of the House of Lords to listen to a lively debate on Carbon Emissions with an emergency tabled issue on Prison Populations. It was great to see Parliament in action. 

    Students were joined by our local MP, David Simmonds, to follow-up questions about how different these two houses were on the day.  Students participated in a workshop looking at how Think Tanks and Pressure Groups work within our democracy to lever influence and generate change.

    All students were a credit to the Pinner High School community and demonstrated the excellent value of responsibility as future voters. 

    Additionally, we received a wonderful email from a member of the public:

    " I would like to congratulate you on the lovely pupils my sister and I met on the Metropolitan Line on Tuesday evening about 8pm. They were on their way back from the House of Commons.I am sorry that I do not have any of their names. A couple of them gave up their seats for us, and we had a great chat with five or six of them. They are a credit to your school and their parents. They will know who they are! "

    Computer Science

    All Year 7 and 8 students and those studying Computer Science in Years 9, 10 and Sixth Form participated in the Bebras Computing Challenge 2022 in November.  Bebras is a challenge which introduces Computational Thinking to students and gets them excited about the world of Computer Science.  Out of the 470 students entered, 29 PHS students were awarded the Gold Award – this is awarded to the top 10% of students nationally!  Outstanding!

    Congratulations to:

    Year 7

    Stefan L

    Mya G

    Thea L

    Aran S

    Isla P

    Kiyan M

    Rylan D

    Emily E

    Year 8

    Woody M-P

    Luqman S

    Ariane VdM

    Keeya P

    Brian N

    Milli M

    Mia D

    Kaylen K

    Faye E




    Year 9

    Ben B


    Jessica S

    Kayden Y

    Sami A

    Roma L

    Atiyah R

    Hari I

    Shriya C

    Gia P

    Mikey S

    Mikael A





    These students have been invited to the Oxford University Computing Challenge which will take place in January 2023!

    Remembrance Sunday poetry competition.

    Our students entered the Mayor of Harrow, Remembrance Sunday poetry competition.

    The below pupils from our school had their poems selected as winners by the panel:

    1. Sofia Amin – Winner KS3
    2. Ilayda Brown – Winner KS4
    3. Aaurgen Mathivathanan – Highly commended KS4
    4. Benjamin Patel - Highly commended KS4

    Sports Round up

    30 students across Years 7-13 will be competing in the Harrow Borough Cross Country Race after Christmas, held at Harrow School.  We expect some excellent results!

    Basketball results this term

    Year 10 24 vs 4 John Lyon 

    Year 11 40 vs 19 John Lyon

    Both teams on 1/4 finals


    Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 boys all through to 1/4  finals

    KS4 girls are in the final

    KS3 girls start in February

    Year 7 won 2 football tournaments

    The sixth form drew twice to Whitmore and Avanti


    KS3 badminton won the borough plate competition 


    Our Choir and mini band recently attended a Christmas service at St Albans Church.  A great performance from our students as part of the Cluster Carol Concert.  Thank you to everyone who participated and attended our Music and Drama Winter Soirée. We had a full house even on a cold winter’s evening. The student performances were magnificent.

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  • October Fest

    Published 28/10/22, by Raj Patel

    Dear Readers

    During the month of October, our students continue to widen their experiences and knowledge with a range of activities that inspire learning. Our Year 12 and 13 students took part in the UKMT senior maths challenge.  Below are the results, again scoring above the national average. Two golds onto the next challenge! 

    Oliver Bronze

    Arjun Silver

    Justin Silver

    Arjun Bronze

    Vlad Gold

    Tanmay Silver

    Aaliya Bronze

    Lara Bronze

    Aakriti Silver

    Sameen Participation

    Saad Silver

    Manojen Silver

    Kavin Silver

    Alex Gold

    Vlad and Alex have also qualified for the next round which takes place on 16/11.


    National Poetry Day

    In celebration of National Poetry Day, our Year 9 students attended The Power of Poetry live workshop with Mark Grist, an internationally acclaimed poet, storyteller and rapper based in the UK.  During the session, students brainstormed and shared ideas they felt most passionate about before exploring poetic language and writing their own poems. 

    The English department and Learning Resource Centre hosted a poetry slam at lunchtime where students had the opportunity to share their work and answer questions about their creative process and inspiration. We had over 50 students attend and poets from Years 7-12 sharing their thoughts on growing up, identity, climate change and war. We are so proud of the talent showcased today and we wish our students entering the Young Writer's Poetry Competition the best of luck.











    Young inventor! 

    YR10 student Robert Witowski has begun to make his own gadgets and gizmos.  Last week, Robert created a laser range finder and it has been tested!  It is in its primacy in terms of development, but what an impressive start!  Amazing work!



















    FORMA Art Education Fair

    Our Year12 Art and 3D students visit to the FORMA Art Education Fair, followed by a trip to Regents Park to look at the Frieze Art Sculpture display. The exhibition is open till November 13th.   

    Chemistry Workshop


    Our Year 12 chemists attended a virtual workshop run by the Chemistry department at the University of Oxford.  The session focused on 3D shapes, chirality, the role of chirality in biological systems, and the protein SARS-CoV-2.  Upper-year students presented information on their current research projects and the applications of chemistry.  Students increased their knowledge about the different applications of chemistry, were introduced to chemistry research at the university level, and reflected on new topics to study independently in chemistry.

    World Mental Health Day

    This month we celebrated World Mental Health Day (October 10) and the Self Esteem Team will be visiting shortly to deliver a session to our Year 8 students on developing self-esteem.  For most people, confidence peaks and troughs throughout life but developing an understanding of where self-esteem comes from at a young age can really help to keep a person in the driver's seat.  During the Year 8 session, students will learn to challenge the labels we place on people and discover ways to create a positive feedback loop for themselves and interacting with others. These strategies are recommended for transitional periods, meeting new people, and forming a strong foundation for stepping outside a comfort zone which makes this class particularly useful at the start of the school year, or to set students up for new environments.


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  • September Success

    Published 30/09/22, by Raj Patel

    Dear Readers

    A new academic year brings new opportunities for students to shine and demonstrate their talents. “Inspiring Learning” has been encapsulated with our drive to instil reading for pleasure across all parts of the school. Display boards can capture attention but our “ Today A Reader – Tomorrow Leader" showpiece has made students stop, read and critically debate extracts with their passionate voices.

    One of our Year 13 Physics students won a national competition from the Institute of Physics called the 'quantum on the clock' competition.  He had to put together a video explaining an aspect of Quantum Physics in under 3mins.  He won a cash prize and attended an event at Nottingham Uni. Another one of our Physics students secured an amazing work experience with Formula 1 over the summer, gaining real insight into the industry. He persevered until he secured his dream place to work. A testament to the characters of our Trailblazers!

    On Wednesday our Years 9 and 10 students interested in journalism and social activism had the exciting opportunity of meeting Phil Lawder, a published novelist and editor of The Villager magazine. These students have been invited to contribute to the March edition of the magazine, exploring the theme of community in Pinner. In this session, the students brainstormed in small groups and pitched their ideas to Phil.  We look forward to seeing their work published early next year.

    One of our super bright Year 7 students submitted a piece of work into the Young Writers 1000 challenge. Isobel Rich’s story ‘Emma’s Flame’ has been selected to be included in their annual showcase. There will also be a copy of the book being kept in the British Library. 

    Our sports teams are going from strength to strength: Year 10 football team won their first game of the season 10-2 v Rooks Heath.  Goals scored by LS (4), DS (2), ST (2) HA-S(2).

    The above are some success stories this month to share. We know there are many more wonderful achievements to celebrate, and we will continue to acknowledge these during the year. Look out for our first student led newspaper… coming soon.


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  • Pinnfest 2022

    Published 08/07/22, by Admin

    Pinnfest this week was a real highlight of the term, and so brilliant to have it back in person for the first time since 2019. Students did a great job with performances of music and drama, and it was fabulous to have so many visitors. Many thanks indeed to all colleagues involved in planning and running the event.

    It was lovely to welcome our new Year 7 students to school this week. It is also the first time we have been able to run this event since 2019, and we know everyone benefits from this a great deal. Students spent the day in their form groups in a range of taster lessons, which I know colleagues really enjoyed delivering. Our new Year 7s also have the benefit of a four day summer school running at the end of August, when they will have the whole school to themselves. Over 140 students have signed up for this, and I am very grateful to Governors for approving this programme. Our new Headteacher from September, Mr. Patel, was able to attend both events. He has been coming to school every week since his appointment to ensure a smooth handover and I know everyone is enjoying working with him on planning our continued improvement.

    As well as these events, it has also been busy in other parts of the school, with Year 12 Geography students on their A Level field trip in Devon, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions over the last couple of weekends and final arrangements for Sports day taking place too. 

    In case you missed issue 8 of our school magazine 'Inspiring Learning' here it is: It gives you a flavour of the year at Pinner High School.

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  • Visits

    Published 23/06/22, by Admin
    The A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics class very much enjoyed their visit to the University of Cambridge. They attended a range of lectures from Cambridge professors, including a fascinating session on demons in antiquity.  Students took part in workshops with other PRE students as part of the day and heard from current Theology and Philosophy undergraduate students on what the course involves.
    Local MP Gareth Thomas is visiting school today.  Sixteen students from across the school will be asking him a number of questions about current issues and his role as an MP.
    Last week's virtual meeting with the National Teen Book Club was very successful.  Students discussed the novel 'The Hate U Give' and had a Q&A session with award winning author Abiola Bello.  Student engagement was excellent and they represented the school well with their thoughtful contributions and questions.  We have 3 more sessions, including a Q&A with Angie Thomas, the author of 'The Hate U Give.'
    This week we received our newest Eco Schools Award. We have a continuing commitment to this important area of school development, and are pleased to see this recognised with a new award. The image this week recognises the social impact of the students completing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award- congratulations to everyone involved.
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  • Gold!

    Published 10/06/22, by Admin
    It is lovely to have everyone back in school after the half-term break. We are very much in the thick of GCSE examinations at the moment, with most students completing 4 or 5 papers this week. We had an ice-cream 'wellbeing session' after the exam yesterday afternoon, and I enjoyed catching up with them. Students seem to be managing really well. Our invigilators are full of praise for their positive approach, and we wish every individual continuing success.
    More success to report, as over 41,000 students from 550 schools worldwide took part in this year's Biology Challenge, hosted by the Royal Society of Biology.  Of the 126 Year 10 scientists that completed the challenge, 64 students were awarded certificates this week, ranging from commended, highly commended, to bronze, silver and gold. This is an amazing achievement. Particular congratulations to the students for winning a gold certificate, putting them in the top 5% of students to complete the challenge globally. This week our A-level scientists are taking on the Royal Society's Intermediate Olympiad - we hope they are just as successful!
    Year 12 students were out on another visit this week, this time focused on UCAS preparations, which are about to begin in earnest. Year 10 students are on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition this weekend. Hopefully they will enjoy some sunshine.
    Parents will have had emails this week about forthcoming events including our Sports Day and Activities week. We are looking forward to all these events very much and are pleased to provide these opportunities for our students.
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  • Rainbow

    Published 27/05/22, by Admin

    I am delighted that our 'Rainbow arch' art installation was completed this week. It was originally conceived during the pandemic, and is designed as an area of reflection and commemoration of the challenges of the last two years. It also allows a space to reflect on the amazing resilience and strength of the community during that time. My immense thanks to all those involved in this project. The arch is 2 metres wide, and has rosemary planted at each end, to further add to the symbolism of remembrance.  

    After the half term break, more details of the success of our athletics team, continuing GCSE examinations, and a look ahead to PinnFest, Sports day and some end of year activities for all year groups. Exciting times! 

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  • Amazing success at PHS!

    Published 20/05/22, by Admin

    Some impressive news for our Mathematicians and sports stars this week, with sixth formers exploring the world of medicine and physics.

    116 students took part in the Junior Maths Challenge; an astonishing 96 students received either a bronze silver or gold award. Maths has always been a strength of the school, but this is an impressive number even by our own high standards. 6 of them also qualified for the next stage of the competition as well- congratulations to all!

    More success to report for sport beyond our school, with 2 students being selected for the Harrow youth netball team, and 7 students qualifying for the Harrow athletics county championships. Amazing!

    Our aspiring medics are at Birmingham City University today. They are taking part in the Operating Department Practitioner Experience day. Their skills with laparoscopic equipment were put to use building sugar cube towers to explore their dexterity and communication skills- to good effect! Physics students are at the National Physical Laboratory, enriching their skills and experience in this area. Year 10 GCSE Geography students completed their field trip this week, as you can see from the image above!

    My thanks to such dedicated colleagues facilitating all these wonderful opportunities.

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  • Second Trailblazed!

    Published 13/05/22, by Admin

    Our Year 11 GCSE exams begin on Monday, and we had a lovely assembly for them all today to recognise all they have achieved at Pinner High School. There were awards, presentations, performances and plenty of tears as they looked back over all their successes. Year 7 students lined the drive to cheer them on their way.

    Great success for our Key Stage 4 Girls Football team, who were crowned borough champions yesterday. They played a brilliant game in a very tense final and thoroughly deserved their victory. Inexplicably, there was no trophy for them to lift, so I was pleased to introduce the team in the Leavers assembly to award them a trophy to recognise that they won this inaugural borough competition.

    Our younger students had a positive experience during 'Bikeability' workshops this week, improving their bike skills and safety management experience. Our new bike storage area is currently being completed, funded with our Climate Kick Start Prize, so it is great to see such positive steps in this area. 

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