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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 2021

  • Ofsted-versary

    Published 13/05/21, by Chris Woolf

    It is our Ofsted-versary this week! 2 years ago we were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all categories. This was certainly a cause for celebration at the time, telling us that we were on the right track; just 7% of schools inspected in the first term of that year received that judgement. Since then we became the most oversubscribed school in the area, received our Investor in People Gold award and been shortlisted for the TES Secondary school of the year award. There is plenty more we are still working on, and we have exciting plans to continue the development of our school. The support of our community ever since we opened has been crucial to our success. Thank you.

    This week Year 11 assessments continue to dominate, and I am pleased to be able to talk to all the Year 11 families who are able to join another Zoom call on Monday evening to ensure they are as well informed as possible about GCSE grades this year. I am delighted that sports activities are back in full swing, with different sessions running every day, and 21 activities available through the week. Participation is high and growing. Please do look out for the schedule in the end of the week email. I am looking forward to bringing back more activities over the coming weeks. Years 7-9 have team building activities coming up, as we all get back to something a bit more like normal!

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  • 'Shake it off' 2021

    Published 07/05/21, by Chris Woolf

    ‘Shake it Off’, our annual Shakespeare festival took place this week. Last year this took place virtually, so I am delighted we have been able to be celebrate this together this year. The theme was ‘Women in Shakespeare’ and as an English teacher it has been lovely to see the school covered in quotations from Shakespeare’s plays. Such activities bring life back to the school. Managing this in a Covid safe way, with the additional pressure of Year 11 assessments, is not straightforward and something I am particularly grateful for. My thanks to all colleagues involved.

    We are gradually bringing assemblies back as well. Since the start of term Years 10 and 11 have had presentations from our Safer Schools Officer on issues raised nationally on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website. This is such an important topic in all schools, and we will share a school wide proactive approach to this in the weeks ahead.

    In lessons this week Year 8 have impressed in Spanish lessons by preparing scripts and rehearsing waiters taking orders from customers in a restaurant. I am sure we are all looking forward to more of this happening outside school as restrictions are lifted!

    We were pleased to play our first sporting fixture in over a year last week- a 14 run victory for the Year 11 boys cricket team against Avanti House. When the school first opened in 2016 we shared our site with Avanti whilst their permanent home was built, so these students know each other well. It is always a close game between our schools, and since Year 7 the four matches between the teams had been evenly split 2-2. With just 3 weeks left until Year 11 complete their studies they were particularly pleased to edge ahead in this fixture!

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