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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.


February 2019

  • Half term break

    Published 15/02/19, by Chris Woolf


    The week has been a full one, especially for Year 9, with their Midterm Examinations. It is their first experience of an exam in every subject, and they have risen to the challenge admirably. One new invigilator for the exams remarked that they were ‘delightful young people’ which is certainly true, and lovely to hear!


    More awards this week: The first Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award Bronze winners; Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor training for staff; and our Jack Petchey Award winners attended the regional presentation ceremony with the Mayor of Harrow this week, which was a very positive occasion. The Jack Petchey scheme recognises young people who go ‘above and beyond’. At Pinner High students nominate each other, with the winners deciding how to spend £250 on a school project.


    Our Travel ambassadors are at TfL Head Office today, competing against local schools for £250 to spend on a travel initiative for our school. I hope it is going well!


    30 students are off on our third ski trip, this time to Italy. Fingers crossed for lots of snow when they get there, and smooth travelling tomorrow.


    Lots to look forward to in the new term, including the musical ‘Hairspray’ taking place in the first week of April. See you there!


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  • 新年快乐!

    Published 08/02/19, by Chris Woolf

    Chinese New Year celebrations took place this week. With our first trip to China taking place at the end of this term, there is lots of excitement about the year of the Pig. Students will learn about the importance of this festival in Chinese culture in their lessons over the next week.

    This week saw large numbers of Year 9 students sit the UK Maths Challenge papers. They have their Midterm examinations in all subjects next week. This is a great opportunity to show how much they have learnt already in their GCSE courses, and identify any gaps in their knowledge before they move on in their courses. Good luck!


    Badminton, Netball and Football teams were all in action this week at home and away. Results were mixed; badminton triumph against John Lyon, less success in netball at Nower Hill and in the football tournament. All students represent the school admirably, with the Pinner High School Values central to participation whatever the result.


    The result of our PTA meeting last night was brilliant: our first Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and our first big event in the diary. I hope to see lots of you on 15th March at 7pm for our Inaugural Quiz night. Details of tickets, food, drinks, prizes will be circulated shortly. It was lovely to have such support in our first meeting. Exciting times ahead.


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  • Fruit salad

    Published 01/02/19, by Chris Woolf

    Fruit salads in Year 7 are looking increasingly creative, as are the cakes in Year 8! Food Technology is a popular GCSE option, and it is great to see students developing their culinary, nutrition and healthy eating skills.


    It has been a busy couple of weeks in Science, where we had visitors from Cannon Lane, as well as from University College London. Both undergraduates and primary school students had enjoyable days, one looking at the chemical reactions of household items, and the other looking at careers in education settings. I was delighted to welcome them all.


    This week I was also pleased to do a learning walk around the school with Dr Howkins, Chair of the Harrow Academies Trust and Headteacher of Bentley Wood School. We saw some creative and engaging lessons. This week we also had very positive feedback from the external audit we had commissioned into the provision for our most able students. Both of these confirmed our judgements, and gave us ideas to drive standards even higher.


    Today’s wintry weather is good acclimatisation for the ski trip group going to Italy during the half term break. We’ll have details of the 2020 ski trip in the next few weeks as well.


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