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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.


July 2021

  • Chair of Governors

    Published 16/07/21, by Chris Woolf

    Our fabulous Chair of Governors, Dr. Andleeb Ahmed has taken over the blog this week for an end of year message to the community. News of the 'Go Ape' trip and other events will have to wait!

    Dr. Ahmed writes: "Thank you so much for your support for Pinner High School this year. It has been a very challenging year for so many of us, but on behalf of Governors, Trustees and parents, I want to take a moment to thank all the members of staff at Pinner High for looking after our children with such care and attention.

    I am very proud of how our children have responded to the difficulties we have all faced, and I know much of it is because Pinner High School staff consistently go above and beyond what any of our families could reasonably expect. Last year they kept the school open through three consecutive bank holidays for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable students. The leadership team were out delivering laptops to our families on new year’s eve so students would be prepared for the start of Distance Learning in January. Teaching and support staff have managed the transition in and out of Distance Learning, and I am so impressed with all they have done. They managed to create a Covid testing centre for students on-site to help keep our community safe. They have had to track and trace through evenings, weekends and holidays and they still continue to provide opportunities for our children where they possibly can. Alongside this, they have managed a complex multi-phase refurbishment programme, and the opening of what promises to be a first class Sixth Form.

    Our vision that Pinner High School expects and achieves the highest standards of and for every student has shone through during this time and I cannot thank the staff enough, but of course with distance learning I also want to thank our parents for supporting their children and our staff. Our community has always been a strength, and seeing everyone collaborate through this time has been wonderful to witness.

    On a personal note, as a NHS GP I have seen first hand the impact of COVID and lockdowns  on both children and those in the education sector. Please take the time to talk to your child about how they are feeling about the whole lockdown experience and concerns they may have for the future. I am instructing everyone who works and studies at Pinner High to take a break over the summer and I’d like to congratulate them all on everything they have managed to do during such a difficult time.

    I hope you all have a really good summer holiday."

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  • Rainforest T shirts

    Published 09/07/21, by Chris Woolf

    Magnificent rainforest T shirts this week from Year 8 as part of their ecosystems scheme of work. They were tasked with coming up with a unique design and slogan, which they did very impressively. Mr Smith, Head of Geography, was amazed with the standard of work. I found it very hard to select some winners from such a high standard of work from the whole class. The Geography department have been especially busy, and are pleased to take our Year 10 students on their GCSE Geography field trip next week. On a similar theme, I hope map reading skills will be on display by the students on the Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition, which began today!

    The week began with an all staff training day in preparation for our Sixth Form opening in September. It was an inspiring day looking at the exciting future for our students and school. Our Sixth Form has the strongest foundations, and we can’t wait to bring it to life with our students. Our Trailblazing Sixth Formers will be supporting our inaugural summer school for our new Year 7 students. It is brilliant for us to have such role models to work with our younger students. 

    A Deep Learning Day took place on Tuesday; students responded very maturely to the sessions and in particular Year 9 students engaged very well with the session on everyday sexism led by the charity ‘Hope not Hate’. They analysed how various sources of media present men and women differently and considered ways of challenging this narrative. Students also considered the importance of issues such as the #metoo movement, gender equality and consent.

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  • Samba!

    Published 02/07/21, by Chris Woolf

    This week Year 7 had a brilliant activity evening on Thursday, and Year 9 were able to get back to their enrichment programme. It is great to get the buzz of Head’s Challenge to all year groups.

    Year 9 were working in their houses; Ali House were on the field doing Samba! The drums came out and the dance moves began with an amazing drumming / capoeira workshop. Competitive rounders was in full swing with Bannister House and our year-wide art project inspired some amazing images from Malala House. The students rotate each week so that every house will get their opportunity to try something new. It’s brilliant to see them out of the classroom and displaying the Pinner High School Values. The Values were certainly exhibited by Year 7 too who had an evening of games, activities, tent building and pizza. Huge thanks to all the colleagues involved in making all these events happen.

    The Year 8s who chose Philosophy Religion and Ethics (PRE) as a GCSE option for next year took part in an inter-faith conference this week. This was run virtually via zoom by Northwood College for Girls and gave students the opportunity to hear from and speak to members of world religions as well as hearing from a Humanist speaker for a non-religious viewpoint. They engaged in the debate really effectively.

    There is plenty more to come before the end of term, with each year group having a sports afternoon, and Year 10 having their team building activities now that they have successfully finished their examinations. We had a Duke of Edinburgh expedition last weekend and Year 12 even had their initial induction to Sixth Form life last week too. Well done everyone!

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