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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.


September 2020

  • Shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year!

    Published 25/09/20, by Chris Woolf

    A special blog this week to celebrate today’s announcement that Pinner High School is on the shortlist for the Tes Secondary School of the Year award!

    The Tes Schools Awards celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and school staff across the UK. The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2020. TES editor Ann Mroz said: “It is always a highlight of the education calendar to see the best ideas and people lauded at the Tes Schools Awards. But this year, it felt more important than ever to run an event that showcased and celebrated the hard work that teachers and school staff do for children and their local community every single day. This has been one of the most difficult years in education, but – as ever – teachers continue to rise to the challenge.

    "We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it's an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist."

    This is an amazing achievement for the students and staff at Pinner High School. It reflects everything that everyone does every day and I am so proud of them all. Chair of Governors Dr. Ahmed passed on her congratulations to the whole community for their support. Great news!

    You can read more about the awards on

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  • Wellbeing

    Published 18/09/20, by Chris Woolf

    I was delighted to receive the certificate this week acknowledging our Year 10 Student Wellbeing and Mental Health ambassadors. We have a group in Year 11 who were trained a year ago, and with the challenges of the last few months I was keen to have an even larger group trained this year. 19 students gave up their time at the end of the summer holiday to come in to school during the inset days before term started to complete the course. The trainer was very impressed at the way the students engaged with the blended learning. My thanks to them all. The challenge now is using these skills across the school whilst maintaining the year group bubbles. We are working on this!

    Also working on some problem solving are our refurbishment contractors, B&K, who continue on the new schedule to complete another dozen classrooms  ready for us to move into during the October half term break. This includes another 4 brand new Science labs, which look phenomenal. I am very excited to show our Year 11 students these spaces, as this is where their new bubble will be after half term. I will share more detailed plans of the changes that are still to come over the next few weeks as we continue to benefit from even more first class facilities.

    Thank you for the messages of support we have received over the last few weeks. It was great to see so many families on our Year 7 virtual welcome event last night, and I look forward to working with you over the months ahead.  

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  • Welcome back!

    Published 11/09/20, by Chris Woolf

    It has been a brilliant week welcoming students back to school after such a long time. The whole school community has responded so well to the new ways of working, and I need to thank students, colleagues, parents, governors and friends of the school for their cooperation and warm wishes as we return to the classroom.

    In classes I have enjoyed seeing a range of learning activities that I know we have all missed; particular classes I saw included Year 8 at the long jump pit, Year 9 war poetry, a very engaging art class, and an impressive historical debate. Year 11 intervention is already underway- they have an early start and a late finish- and are stepping up to this challenge in a very mature way. Year 7 are getting used to their new spaces and new uniforms, and picking up the trailblazers spirit as the first students to occupy our newly refurbished spaces. More than all this, the chance for students to reconnect, regenerate and work together is happening exactly as I had hoped it would.

    Whilst it has been an overwhelmingly positive start we know that it is not easy, and our control measures are not ideal. However, our attendance this week is close to 97% across the school, which is higher than national targets for 'normal' times. I find myself seeing the Pinner HIgh School Values in our students more and more as we negotiate these complicated times together. It is good to be back!

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