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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 2019

  • Open House

    Published 28/06/19, by Chris Woolf

    Lots of visitors to the school this week have enjoyed looking round our facilities. We were delighted to welcome the year 6 families who have places with us for September, hearing more about the exciting opportunities they can look forward to as Pinner High School students. On Thursday we had 300 visitors interested in joining us in the future. Our current Year 7 students were brilliant tour guides, and lots of visitors commented on the obvious pride they have in their school.

     

    STEM students in Year 8 are out of school today on an enrichment trip, seeing Science and Engineering come to life outside the classroom. Also outside the classroom, last weekend saw the first Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Participants walked almost 20km on the first day, and nearly 10km on the second day, with a night under canvas in between. They cooked meals on camp stoves, with mixed results! The final qualifying expedition is the weekend after next, where we will hope for more sunshine.

     

    We also hope for a sunny afternoon on Tuesday 9th July, when our sports day finals will be taking place. Families are invited from 1.30pm-3.30pm to come to watch. The same week is PinnFest, our annual summer celebration of the arts. No tickets are required to either event, and we hope to see you there.

     

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  • Forward planning

    Published 21/06/19, by Chris Woolf

    I enjoyed visiting the assemblies of all year groups this week to congratulate students on the ‘Outstanding’ judgement on our school from Ofsted. Visitors this week may have seen our celebratory balloons in reception!

     

    We enjoyed welcoming some of our new Year 7 students this week as part of our transition arrangements. Colleagues and I have visited lots of primary schools over the last few weeks, which is always an enjoyable experience. We meet our new group of parents next week, and then all our new Year 7s spend the day with us the week after. On this day Year 8 will have a day of team building activities on our field, with a group from ‘Wise Up’ to look at communication skills in different contexts.

     

    Year 8 exams took place this week. Students conducted themselves in a very positive manner. They find out their GCSE options this week as well, as part of our preparations for September. The current GCSE students are experiencing language oral exams this week for their own examination practice.

     

    Fingers crossed for a sunny weekend for our first Duke of Edinburgh expedition on Saturday and Sunday. It is the first outing with all of our new kit, so we hope it will stay dry!

     

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  • Outstanding!

    Published 17/06/19, by Chris Woolf

    Students last week had their final training sessions before our first Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Tent and cooking practice had to take place inside due to all the rain. We hope it holds off at the weekend! The expedition involves camping and hiking with all the equipment that is needed in the campsite. For some students it is the first time they will have done this. For others, it is excellent training for their World Challenge trip to Costa Rica, which involves time trekking through the rainforest. Huge thanks to Mr. Surridge for organising the programme. Over 60 members of Year 9 will be taking part, which is an extremely large number. Good luck to everyone!

     

    Congratulations this week to Mr. Fang, who presented a workshop to the Institute of Education Confucius Institute Annual Chinese Conference. This is the largest conference of its kind in the country, and it is very prestigious to have a paper submitted in this way. The theme of the conference was ‘Looking Back, Thinking Forward’ and I know Mr. Fang’s contribution was well received.

     

    Our swimmers did an excellent job at the borough gala last week. All teams did well, and the Year 9 boys won their category. Congratulations! Year 7 are taking part in the ‘pedometer challenge’ this week, with each form wearing a pedometer for the day before comparing notes at the end of the week.

     

    I was delighted to share the news of our ‘Outstanding’ inspection report last week. The response has been amazing. Here is the link to the article about the inspection report from the Harrow Times: https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/17707532.pinner-high-school-rated-outstanding-in-first-ever-ofsted-report/

     

    Thank you so much for all of your support. It really is a community effort, and success in which we all share.

     

     

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  • Fully staffed

    Published 07/06/19, by Chris Woolf

    Good news with which to start the final half term of the year: we are fully staffed for teachers for September. I have read over 850 applications since the school opened, which is a phenomenal amount given the difficulties many schools experience with recruitment. Long may it continue! The quality of candidates continues to be extremely high, and I am delighted to work with such talented colleagues. Three of our current Teaching Assistants will be training to be teachers with us next year. It is brilliant that their school experience with us makes them want to pursue a career in teaching. Of course this means that there will be Teaching Assistant adverts on our website shortly. We are also looking for a Cover supervisor and an IT technician for our growing school. Please do get in touch if these posts are of interest. We will number over 700 students in September, and it is an exciting time to be part of our school.

    The sporting life of the school is always busy this time of year, this week the Quarter finals of the boys cricket at Harrow School and further athletics fixtures taking place. Although we have no external examinations we have internal ones in core subjects for Year 7 next week, and Year 8 the week after. Assemblies have focused on wellbeing activities as well as revision skills. Fresh from the success of ‘Hairspray’ just before the half term holiday, we are preparing for PinnFest on 11th July. This is open to the whole community, and is a chance to enjoy some performances, browse the exhibition, and have a bite to eat from our PTA run BBQ. My thanks to them for their dedication and support.

    I know many members of our community are keen to hear feedback from our Ofsted Inspection last month. I hope to have the final report to share with you next week.

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