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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.


September 2018

  • Football success and Fake News?

    Published 28/09/18, by Chris Woolf

    What do a visit to HOAC, a victorious football match, fake news and a laser cutter all have in common? The answer is easy: they have all featured in our week at Pinner High School.


    The whole of Year 7 were at Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre on Thursday, enjoying a range of team building activities. They climbed the high ropes, or built rafts, or memorised poetry or walked planks of wood in a team race. All had a great time, all came home exhausted. Crucially, they all pushed their personal boundaries, and tighten the bonds of friendship in their new school. HOAC staff were unanimous in their praise for their enthusiasm and conduct. My thanks to all involved.


    The football season began with ten goals on the playing fields at Hatch End for the Year 8 boys. Pinner High scored seven of them, which was most impressive. Other year group matches get underway in the next few weeks.


    Whilst Year 7 were at HOAC, Year 8 spent the day investigating Fake News and the importance of critical decision making. They became expert and spotting fake news, and creating some themselves. They even managed to fool members of staff with the convincing approach they took to the news stories, which was very impressive.


    The photo this week is the first product from our new laser cutter, being put to use in Design Technology lessons. Students are really enjoying using the latest technology in class, which is great to see.


    You’ll be able to see all this and much more at our open event on Thursday, starting at 5.30pm. I look forward to sharing all that it means to experience a Pinner High School education.


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  • Silver!

    Published 21/09/18, by Chris Woolf

    News of positive inspection feedback and two silver awards this week; the Silver Artsmark from the Arts Council, and the Silver STARS Award from Transport for London


    The Artsmark is a prestigious award that recognises the opportunities and participation in arts related activities at the school. To reach Silver at our first assessment shows the immense commitment of students and staff to our arts programmes. Students have performed at the Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Panto, Watford Colosseum, in our own PinnFest and musical productions in the last two years, and have a range of opportunities in lessons too. My thanks to colleagues and governors involved in the assessment process. The Silver STARS award recognises the contribution of our Travel Ambassadors and the community in making travel to and from the school as sustainable as possible.


    We had our scheduled Department for Education inspection this week, which was a very positive process. Feedback was extremely pleasing, and confirmed all the positive judgements that have been made about the school since we opened.


    Our student numbers have surged this year, so that we are full in Year 7, and very nearly full in Year 9. I have enjoyed visiting primary schools this week to talk to the current Year 6 about secondary schools. Audiences at Cannon Lane and West Lodge were both very interested, and I look forward to seeing them and other members of the community on 4th October at our Open evening. It is likely to be a very busy evening, so I'd be grateful if you can travel by public transport to minimise the impact on our neighbours. We're going for the Gold STARS Travel Award next year!


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  • Inspiring Learning

    Published 14/09/18, by Chris Woolf

    It is our first full week back, and already the students are in the thick of their lessons. I’ve visited lots of classrooms during the week, and have been very impressed with the quality of learning. As a new school, welcoming a large group of new colleagues and ensuring ‘Inspiring Learning’ is still a part of our every day practice is a key priority for me, and I am delighted about the rich learning opportunities and the way students are engaging with them. Our Year 9s, starting their first GCSE courses, are doing especially well.


    Sports have already been identified by our new students as a highlight, and they have a full range of sports to choose from in the Head’s Challenge as well as PE. Every week students are engaged in gymnastics, cricket, football, hockey, cross country, tennis and rugby clubs. The RFU have been particularly generous with support of our rugby coaches from Pinner Rugby Club, and we have our first rugby fixture coming up in October in the West London Cup. Another first, for our third year!


    Instrumental music lessons are also well underway, and almost double the national average number of students are learning a range of instruments. We are offering a weekly orchestra for the first time, and are excited to see where this will lead.


    The first House Event of the year was tug of war, with some keenly contested matches. There was a different winner of each of the three year groups, leaving the House Cup evenly poised.


    Plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead: Year 7 go to Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre on 27th September, when students in Years 8 and 9 have a Deep Learning Day. I look forward to seeing lots of parents at our Welcome Events, for Year 7 on 18th September at 6pm, and for Years 8 and 9 on 25th September. Our website calendar has these dates and times, and lots of other events to keep you involved in all aspects of a Pinner High School education:,3,4,5,7,8,9&pid=9&viewid=2


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  • Welcome Back!

    Published 07/09/18, by Chris Woolf

    We celebrated our second birthday this week, and are thrilled to have so many new students join us at Pinner High School.

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