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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 2020

  • Expecto patronum!

    Published 28/02/20, by Chris Woolf

    GCSE Design students had a brilliant day at the Harry Potter Studio this week. They had a workshop using props and set models from the film that are not usually seen up close in this way: ‘I thought this was really cool’ remarked one student! They talked about how the design would influence their GCSE projects, as well as having an enjoyable day. Feedback from students was extremely positive, and other visitors to the studio let our teachers know how impressed they were with our young people. Inspiring Learning and Pinner High School Values in action at the same time!


    Footballers in Year 10 had a great result this week, progressing to the next round of the borough tournament. The table tennis team were also in action, and netballers have fixtures next week.


    I was pleased to welcome the Director of the New Schools Network to Pinner High this week. The New Schools Network provide invaluable support for new schools, and the Director came to hear about our success, and how that can be replicated elsewhere. I enjoyed showing her round, and look forward to continuing to work together. Our refurbishment work continues, with demolition work around the school cottage taking place over half term so we will be able to utilise the space for maximum benefit in due course. Scaffolding work and ‘internal strip out’ continues. Progress reports have been positive from B&K, who have kept things moving along during inclement weather. The final outcome will be really exciting.


    Local and international news, of course, has been dominated by one topic this week. That should not take away from the excellent trip the skiers had over half term. Feedback on their return was really positive, and many thanks to the staff for leading this group- our biggest one to date. The ski instructors specifically commented on the students’ enthusiasm and resilience on the mountain, two of our Pinner High Values. In challenging times our community can demonstrate its true strength, and I am particularly grateful to those who have gone out of their way to show that this week. It is noted and appreciated.


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  • Impeccable

    Published 14/02/20, by Chris Woolf

    Refurbishment work is well underway, as the fences around the school show. Many thanks for your patience with the disruption this causes. It is brilliant to have started! 

    Our Jack Petchey Award winners had their annual celebration at Watersmeet theatre in Rickmansworth this week. The awards recognise the contribution young people make to lots of organisations, and we are delighted to be part of the programme. All our winners decide how to spend £250 of grant money around our school. Here is more information about the programme:

    Over 40 students are preparing for our ski trip to Italy, leaving this weekend. We have run a ski trip every year the school has been open, and I know staff and students are very much looking forward to it. We are planning an even more exciting trip to ski in North America next year. Watch our for more details soon!

    Students in Year 9 have been impeccable during their Midterm exams this week. It is the first time they have had a full set of exams, one in every subject they study for GCSE. We run them as if they were GCSEs, and they have really stepped up to this challenge in a very impressive way.

    I am sure you will all be impressed with our London Junior Chess Champion in both U18 and U21 categories, despite being in Year 10. More details are on page 19 of the magazine below. Huge Congratulations!

    I hope you have an enjoyable and restful half term. School begins again on Tuesday 25th February, for a normal school day.


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  • Pride

    Published 07/02/20, by Chris Woolf

    Monday is the first day of our long awaited refurbishment at the school. The photo collection above shows a selection of rooms on the disused side of the school that are about to be significantly upgraded. Many of our Trailblazers have waited almost as long as I have for this, so we are all very excited to get it underway! The plans between now and completion in summer 2021, go through 3 phases designed to minimise disruption. As a result of this we are moving assemblies from the hall to the Pinnacle, as the hall is in the first phase of work. This is scheduled to be returned to us in September, ready for when our student numbers reach 900. Our last assembly in the main hall was an important one; celebrating LGBTQ+ month, and the inclusive school ethos noted as Stonewall Champions. With rainbow flags in each classroom as a sign we are committed to this, we had an informative presentation on appropriate use of language.


    The last few weeks have seen intensive activity to recruit additional colleagues for September. I have seen very strong fields for many posts. The advantage of a growing school is being able to predict in advance which posts will be required, and filling them early. A small number remain, and I would encourage you to pass the message on to anyone who you think might be interested in joining our ‘Outstanding’ team: My colleagues continue to set high standards, and our Investors in People Health and Wellbeing award and commitment to professional learning shows our dedication to raising this standard still further.


    Thinking of Outstanding teams reminds me of our brilliant Year 7 netballers, undefeated so far this year. Our indoor athletics team had another strong showing, as did our basketballers.  We also hope for strong showings from Year 9 in their Midterm exams next week. It is designed to give students an early insight into their performance so far in their GCSEs, and to help sign post them towards areas to develop still further.


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