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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.


May 2019

  • 'Hairspray'

    Published 24/05/19, by Chris Woolf

    ‘Hairspray’ steals the show this week, and brings the curtain down on the half term. We had two brilliant performances from our fabulous students. The cast and crew did a stunning job, and fully deserve the praise from audience, friends and teachers. As well as the stars on stage, the set design was first class and has raised the performance standard to new heights. Congratulations to all involved for a thoroughly entertaining show. The next performance date for your diaries is ‘PinnFest’ on 11th July. This is our annual summer celebration of music, drama with an exhibition of student art. This year our lovely PTA have very kindly agreed to run a BBQ during the event, which will make the event better than ever. Everyone is welcome, so I hope to see you there.


    Many thanks to the parents who came along to Coffee and Chat this morning. We had a wide ranging discussion from traffic to textbooks, with school uniform and buses in between. It is always good to hear lots of different ideas, so do pop along to the next one if you are able.


    I hope you all have a restful half term break, and return recharged and ready for the last half term of year 3 at Pinner High School!


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  • Governor Award winner!

    Published 17/05/19, by Chris Woolf

    Governance has always been a strength of the school, given the involvement of the other Headteachers in Harrow in the foundation of Pinner High School. Many of these Headteachers are still Trustees of the school, though they now delegate much of the day to day governance to the Local Governing Body. Governor and Trustee David Chappell recently won the  Outstanding Contribution to Harrow Schools Award, from the Association of Harrow Governing Bodies. It is especially pleasing that Governors’ have been formally recognised in this way, as they are all volunteers and tireless supporters of the school. Dr. Ahmed, our Chair of Governors, nominated Mr. Chappell for his contribution to the successful setting up of Pinner High School. Congratulations!

    Congratulations are also due to the students who took part in the recent borough athletics tournament. The individual success was reported last week, and we now have team news success to share as well. All the teams were placed in the top 4 out of the schools in the area, which is brilliant. Special congratulations to the Year 8 and 9 boys who tied first place with hosts Harrow School. The competition 'on the Hill' was of a very high level, and to achieve this result is a fantastic accomplishment. Our cricketers opened the season with a confident victory this week as well. My thanks to Pinner Cricket Club for hosting the match.


    The Bank of England was the venue for a group of Year 9 students yesterday, who took the day to investigate the real life mathematics of interest rates and inflation. They had an excellent day, and even held a real bar of gold!


    The curtain rises on ‘Hairspray’ this week. Students and colleagues have been rehearsing intensely, and I look forward to seeing you at the shows on Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are available on Parentpay.


    We are hosting an Open Day on 27th June this year for prospective parents. Our usual open event on 3rd October will still go ahead, but as we will have significant refurbishment work at that time I would encourage any current Year 5 families to attend in June if they are able to do so. Booking is essential. We also have some spaces available in the current Year 8.


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  • Shake it Off!

    Published 13/05/19, by Chris Woolf

    We celebrated the life and work of Shakespeare last week with our festival ‘Shake It Off’. There was a huge range of events, from emoji quiz to Years 7 and 8 workshops during their lessons. They created the Globe during House Events, and watched the National Theatre screening of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the end of the week. Year 7 students were even heard quoting Shakespeare at each other as they went to the restaurant!


    Student Government went to the Houses of Parliament this week, where they met local MP Nick Hurd. Last year our Parliamentary Ambassadors ran workshops in Primary Schools, and it is brilliant to have so many students engaged with the political process at such an interesting time in Westminster. On the same day our Scholar’s Club in Year 9 attended their ‘graduation’ at the University of Oxford, which was a fabulous occasion. They have had aspirational mentoring from professionals through the year, and written extended essays on contemporary topics. These were graded by the Scholar’s Club as if they were degree dissertations. There were particular celebrations for those awarded First Class Honours. I was expecting to have to wait until 2026 for the first news of degree classifications!


    More sporting success to report from the Harrow Schools athletics festival, hosted at Harrow School. Pinner High students won 7 events, including the junior boys relay. All event winners will represent the district in the next stage of competition, which is brilliant. Environment week starts today: a chance to make small changes that can make a big difference to all our futures.


    As you may know, last week saw our first Ofsted inspection. The judgement has to remain confidential until the report is published. It will be available in a few weeks and I particularly look forward to sharing it with you.


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  • Cup Winners!

    Published 03/05/19, by Chris Woolf

    Sporting success steals the headlines this week: the Year 8 boys are Harrow Champions, ending their season undefeated in all matches. The final at Harrow Borough FC was a tight match against a strong Nower Hill team, with Pinner coming through 4-3 winners. Congratulations to all the players and coaches. It was a real team effort, and very tense to watch on the sidelines! The Rugby team made their 7s debut in the Middlesex competition, winning 2 matches during the afternoon. We are grateful for the support of Pinner Rugby Club in launching the sport with us. The tennis team were in action as well, and there were trials for cricket team places, which are always keenly contested with lots of interest.

    There was lots of interest in the Police Cadets, who had their introductory session this week. Almost 30 students attended, which is a brilliant response, and I know PC Peacock has some great sessions planned for the future.


    110 students took part in the Junior Maths Challenge this week, which is a very high number indeed. The Senior Maths Challenge students received their certificates at the end of the last half term, and we have high hopes for even more recognition in this version designed for the younger year groups. We also have news of our first Silver Duke of York 'Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award' winners, which is very exciting too.


    Congratulations to all involved in a particularly successful week. Plenty more to come!


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