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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.


January 2019

  • Student Takeover!

    Published 25/01/19, by Chris Woolf

    I am delighted to have a student guest blog this week, reflecting on the student leadership experience at Pinner High School:

    "My name is Afeefa, I’m part of 8BW and I recently joined student government at Pinner High School after being one of the house captains of Bannister last year. The application process for both house captain and student government included submitting an application form as well as an interview for house captain. Last year, I enjoyed having a role that advanced my ability as a leader, and this year I’m looking forward to having a role which allows me to discuss matters and make changes to the other aspects of school life at Pinner High.

    So far this year, all members of student government have become Youth Travel Ambassadors for Pinner High School which gives us the opportunity to deliver behaviour-change campaigns to our peers regarding travelling to and from school, particularly when it comes to public transport. We decided on focusing our campaign around active travel and encouraging pupils to walk more on their journey to and from school; this will cut down on traffic around the school whilst making our local area healthier by decreasing the damage on the environment. Later this year, we are going to present our campaign to members of Transport for London for a chance to win £250 to promote our active travel campaign within the school. I believe that this opportunity has already allowed me to discuss matters that affect me on a day-to-day basis and to begin to make effective changes. This experience will not only benefit the school, but also the members of student government as we develop the way in which we present to others, promote ideas and discuss issues.

    From the beginning of my time at Pinner High School, I have benefited from the welcoming and inclusive environment that constantly surrounds me here. This has not only contributed to the learning that takes place in the classroom but has also developed my learning further outside of the classroom especially in my Period 7 clubs. The variety of choices shows how many opportunities are available at Pinner High and that, no matter what time of day or what activity you are doing, something can be gained from it.

    So far, Pinner High School has provided me with an abundance of opportunities from which I have gained many skills; one of these experiences is being part of the student leadership team. As my journey progresses, I hope to broaden my knowledge and further my leadership skills and I know that Pinner High School will continue to help me do this."


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  • House of Lords

    Published 18/01/19, by Chris Woolf

    The House of Lords Grand Committee debate on Free Schools took place last week, in the course of which Pinner High School was highlighted by Lord Agnew, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and referred to as “a credit to those involved in setting them up and the teachers who work there.” This is a link to a full transcript of the entry in Hansard: There are several references to the school to those who read the full four hour debate!

    Other tests of endurance this week came in the Borough Cross Country Event at Harrow School. Those who finish in the top 10 then go on to represent Harrow, so to have 4 qualifiers from boys and girls races in different age groups is great news. Each race had around 200 competitors, and our entire team all finished in the top 40. Congratulations to them, and thanks to all the colleagues involved in the event.

    Thanks to the large numbers of parents who attended the GCSE options and Parents evening this week. Attendance was extremely high, and your support is much appreciated. For those who would like a recap, there is a recording of the presentation on our website: and an electronic copy of the booklet too: Year 8 families will today receive a short survey asking for your feedback from the event, as we are always looking for ways to improve.


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  • Next steps

    Published 11/01/19, by Chris Woolf


    Today there are students in Year 9 on a visit to The Scholar’s Club, which provides opportunity to further enhance provision for our More Able students. This will show the students even more of the activities that will be available to them in the future, and help them look at the next steps of their education. Although our oldest students are now in Year 9, our Sixth Form development is very much part of our planning.


    Planning was a big part of the House Event, focused on different aspects of Design: cityscapes and logos were the competition this week, with different Houses triumphing in different year groups.


    Students this week found out if they had qualified for the UK Maths Challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust. This is a nationwide challenge involving abstract questions that provide real challenge to our most able mathematicians. The next round of this takes place in early February.


    The Duke of Edinburgh taught sessions began this week, ahead of the expeditions in the summer. Students will be taught about navigation and camp craft, before being let loose in the local countryside!


    The first Cross Country event of the new year takes place at Harrow School next week. Next week is also the Year 8 Parents Evening and Options Evening. The Key Stage 4 booklet is attached to this blog.


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  • Happy New Year!

    Published 04/01/19, by Chris Woolf

    A shiny new certificate to welcome the New Year; confirmation of our Duke of Edinburgh Award license, signed by Prince Philip himself! The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme is a very prestigious one, and students have set about the work involved very effectively. Over 70 members of Year 9 have put themselves forward for this, which is a very impressive number.


    This programme links into the Head’s Challenge, and this week students made their choices for the Club activities for the term ahead: Board Games, Current Affairs, Drama, Textiles, Karaoke, Mindfulness, Stem Science, French, Music, Young Entrepreneurs, Parkour, Web design, Harry Potter, Spy Kids, Creative Writing, Sign Language, Chess, Journalism, Netball, Football, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Cross Country. These are the choices for a Monday, with even more available on Thursday!


    As well as all these opportunities, the cast list for the musical ‘Hairspray’ was shared this morning, with record numbers of students auditioning. 2019 has got off to a rapid start, after just 2 days of school: Happy New Year!


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