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Heads' blog

The heads' blog is an opportunity for senior staff and students, invited by the heads of school, to share their thoughts on education, schools and children.

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  • Enthusiasm: the nourishment of invention

    Published 01/06/20
    Nine years have passed since Nasa launched America’s last manned trip to the international space station and this weekend it was a private company that filled the void in America’s space ambitions with SpaceX’s successful launch. Ma
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  • Freedom

    Published 01/05/20
    Ah, sweet freedom; the state of being free and not being subject to something undesirable. This is, at least for those of us who live in properly democratic countries, not a matter we have to consider much. Until now that is when our daily freedom is
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  • Patience: the capacity to accept

    Published 15/04/20
    My online dictionary defines patience as the ‘capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.’ This is a most appropriate time to reflect upon our character quality for April. We are li
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  • Fostering a culture of collaboration

    Published 02/03/20
    Relationships * Team building * Selflessness * Team work * Leadership * Participation    Readiness to compromise * Collaboration I am charmed at the moment by the emerging speech of my young grandson. He melts our hearts with his lo
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  • When learning becomes wisdom

    Published 04/02/20
    Have you ever thought what it takes to perform well in an exam? Our record number of candidates for 11+ entry clearly had, judging by the impressive performances in their entry tests. But when looking at the approach different pupils take to differen
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  • Love is all around... (Actually)

    Published 03/01/20
    ...as the famous song from the Troggs goes: There's no beginning, there'll be no end, 'Cause on my love you can depend Sang Bill Nighy’s flawed character Billy Mack in the 2003 Christmas film Love Actually (still one of our f
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  • Peace at Christmas

    Published 02/12/19
    Peace is a word we hear frequently at Christmas. We spend time with our loved ones and reflect upon our lives and what matters most. There is a definite irony that this time of year can also feel overwhelmingly busy for both child and parent alike wi
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  • Endeavour

    Published 04/11/19
    When we think of what we want for our children in education, most parents would say that they ‘just want them to do their best.’ This is entirely compatible with the ethos at Claremont Fan Court where we encourage every pupil to strive to
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  • With great power comes great responsibility

    Published 01/10/19
    ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ says Uncle Ben to his nephew Peter Parker. And while that is a phrase worth restating to politicians both in the House of Commons and across the world, it made me wonder about the opposite. Wi
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  • Self respect

    Published 03/09/19
    There is something refreshing about the start of the autumn term. In the same way some adopt New Year resolutions on the 1 January, the start of the academic year presents the opportunity for pupils and students, and indeed teachers, to recalibr
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