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  • Year 13 Presentation Evening

    22 October 2014
    We had an amazing evening on Thursday 16 October when our Year 13 students gathered to celebrate their achievements in Year 12, culminating in completion of their AS Level examinations. 

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  • The Extra Mile

    7 October 2014
    I heard at a conference recently about the additional experiences which the best schools should provide for their students.  I think Wren does very well against this checklist:

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  • Camp

    18 September 2014
    I returned this morning from a stay at our first ever Year 7 residential camp. The camp grew out of an idea we had last year that all of our new Year 7 students should be given an early opportunity to bond with each other and to get to know staff better. We concluded that this was probably best done away from Wren and so our plan to take the students to Phasel's Wood in Hertfordshire began to take shape. 

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  • The Year Ahead

    1 September 2014
    I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer. We have had a good summer here at Wren.  Last term ended well with some fabulous Activities Week events followed by sports day and Prize-Giving.  The waiting for examination results was over in August with receipt of our first set of AS Level results and our second set of GCSE results.  

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  • Planning for Primary

    4 June 2014
    Much of my thinking recently has been occupied with planning for our prospective development into an 'all through' school from September 2015.  As things stand, from this date Wren will accept two classes of Reception children into a brand new building to be constructed on our site during the next 15 months.  Over the subsequent six years from 2015, we will take on new Reception classes each year until the Wren primary wing finally builds up to 420 students by 2022.

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  • Aspirations and Values

    19 April 2014
    During the term ahead we will be looking again at our aspirations for Wren students.  It is central to a school's success that it is ambitious for its students, clear about the forms that ambition takes and well organised in putting into place a range of activities which will enable young people to undergo new experiences and to think and learn as a result of them.  It is also very important that a school's aspirations for its students are wide ranging and not narrowly focussed upon academic achievement alone.  We believe that schools must set out to help their students develop attitudes and skills which will serve them well throughout their lives.

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  • Research

    31 March 2014
    I have had a long standing interest in the relationship between teachers and educational research.  Standards of professional developement for teachers are high in most schools.  Many teachers are doing interesting work on how to improve their own practice and that of colleagues.  Increasingly, this work spans more than one school. 

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  • The Mysteries of Ofsted

    27 February 2014
    I have written before about Ofsted, the Government's school inspection service.  As you will be aware from the media, and maybe from personal experiences, Ofsted excites sometimes wildly differing opinions.  Some people see independent inspection as a necessary part of ensuring schools are doing the right things and holding them accountable for the achievements of the young people in their care.  Others see the inspection regime as clumsy and overbearing, unsympathetic to the individual circumstances and challenges faced by schools.  I firmly share the first of these perspectives.

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  • All in Five Minutes

    20 January 2014
    When I was a young teacher, I really looked forward to parents' evenings.  The opportunity to speak face to face with parents, often being complimentary about their children, sometimes being more challenging, was a highliglight of the school calendar for me.  I still enjoy and value parents' evenings even if they are not so unusual and exciting to me as they used to be.

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  • Education for Life

    19 December 2013
    As a very busy term ends, it is worth reminding ourselves of some first principles for a successful secondary school.  By successful, I mean a school which takes seriously its responsibility for developing the lifelong learning skills of its students, as well as helping them to achieve the best examination results possible.  At Wren, there has inevitably been much focus upon examination performance over the last term.  Our first set of GCSE results in the summer created much analysis and discussion; fortunately most of it of the 'that went well, now how do we do even better?' kind.  The progress of our inaugural Year 12 towards their AS examinations next summer is also the subject of much ongoing scrutiny.

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