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Here is a round up of our blog posts, keeping you informed about the life and times of Pinner High School.

 

June 2017

  • Pinner High: Case Study of Best Practice

    Published 30/06/17, by Chris Woolf

    Our inaugural Pinnfest was a great success this week: fabulous performances by the rock band, an impressive acoustic set, and a superb standard of work on display in the exhibition. One visitor commented that he needed to be reminded that all the students are in Year 7 given the highs standard on display throughout. More than 200 people attended, and enjoyed cakes, teas and mocktails. Many thanks to all involved!

    Earlier in the week our athletics team represented the borough in the county championships; we are the only school where both boys and girls teams were invited to attend. Our cricketers have qualified for the semi finals of the local competition, and our rounders team represented the school admirably against older students this week too.

    Alongside this, over 40 students are involved in the production of 'Bugsy Malone' running from 13-15th July. Tickets are available on Parentpay, or from tickets@pinnerhighschool.org It promises to be a brilliant show.

    You may have seen our banners noting our involvement in 'The Parliamentary Review 2017'. This is an annual Government publication that highlights and shares case studies of good practice in the education industry. To be selected for inclusion in our first year is very special, and a real endorsement of the first class education Pinner High School students are receiving every day. Inspiring Learning indeed!  

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  • Surveys and reports

    Published 16/06/17, by Chris Woolf

    The girls tennis team had a successful debut at the borough tournament this week. They returned with certificates for their third place; the first time several of them had represented the school and played competitive matches. A great result!

    Last month I commissioned a Safeguarding Audit of the school at governors' request, following recent local and national events. Two experts from the Local Authority visited for the day, talking to students, staff and governors, and going through policies and procedures in great detail. They opened their 'Key Findings' feedback by noting that "Pinner High School is indeed well led and managed in respect of safeguarding. The Chair of the Governing body and the Headteacher have a clear strategic vision to ensure safeguarding key duties are undertaken effectively." The report goes on:  "The students say they feel safe. According to the students interviewed incidents of bullying are very rare. The students were well informed regarding how to keep themselves safe and who to go to if they felt unsafe or had a concern." This is always reassuring to read and given the current climate we will never be complacent about these crucial aspects of safety and wellbeing.

    We had further positive inspection feedback in the Department for Education's third term report, which we received this week. Also this week the Spanish trip for Easter 2018 became oversubscribed, along with the Ski trip to Italy in February 2018. There are good numbers signed up to the China trip and Costa Rica trips for 2019. Exciting times! All of this tells us we have active and engaged students.

    Parents, students and staff are engaged this week completing surveys about the first year of Pinner High School. It has been a brilliant year-and not over yet with plenty more opportunities to come- but we will always have an eye firmly on the future as the school grows. Hearing feedback makes sure the challenge of doubling in size is seen with the benefit of feedback from all stakeholders about the experiences of this year.  

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  • Team of the Year

    Published 09/06/17, by Chris Woolf

    Many congratulations to all of my colleagues involved in running our extensive enrichment programme: they have been recognised with a Certificate of Excellence in the Outstanding School Team of the Year category of the Pearson Teaching Awards. As there are over 5,000 schools nationwide eligible for this accolade, this is a very impressive achievement. They put on 18 different activities every week in the last half term, providing a brilliant range of options for our students.

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