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  • What should parents be looking for?

    17 October 2013
    The time for looking at secondary schools for next September is well underway.  We have already had a very busy Open Evening where year 6 students and their parents had the opportunity to come and look round the Academy.  This has been followed up with two weeks of school tours during the working day for parents and children who want to see the Academy at work.  Having so many visitors in such a short time has certainly been beneficial for our students and staff who have been able to talk about and show off their school.  There is a lot of pride involved for us in doing this and we are always delighted that people want to come and see us.  However, the last few weeks have also left me thinking about what parents should be looking for when they visit a school and whether we at Wren shape up to these expectations.

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  • Sixth Form

    30 September 2013
    We are now in the fourth week of having a sixth form at the Academy and it has been a rewarding and very interesting experience so far. We ended up with over 100 young people deciding to join our Year 12.  This was a very pleasing number for the first ever year of sixth form.  Most of these students came from Wren's Year 11 last year, though a pleasing number have joined us from other schools. The first few weeks of term have provided us with a lot of satisfaction in the start the sixth formers have made.  Most obviously, they look great (and hopefully feel it too) in their smart business wear.  Our students stand out in the Academy and in the surrounding community for the right reasons.

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  • Reflection on the GCSEs

    5 September 2013
    'Relief all round at Wren Academy' read the article in the Barnet Press and this summed up pretty well how many of us felt at the announcement of our first full set of GCSE results.  Incidentally, we were very grateful to the Press for giving us almost a whole page of coverage and so allowing the wider local community to share in the story of our first ever results day.

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  • Achievement for All

    10 July 2013
    At the end of a hectic season of GCSE examinations we have been reflecting on the amazing efforts of our Year 11 students.  If hard work is rewarded by results success then they should do very well.  However, we will have to wait until August to find out... Despite the inevitable focus on our first set of GCSEs this term, we cannot overlook the achievements in other areas which have made the last few weeks so exciting and enjoyable.  One of our aims at Wren has always been to ensure that students have a rounded educational experience and that academic work is balanced with an emphasis on other aspects of education. Events this term have certainly lived up to this aspiration.

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  • To teach or not to teach

    18 June 2013
    Apparently, there was a time when the term ‘headteacher’ meant literally that – the most senior teacher in a school. The teacher looked up to by colleagues as the most expert practitioner in the school. If this era ever existed, then it certainly no longer does.

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  • Accountability

    9 May 2013
    As a keen listener to the Today Programme I took a particular interest in the discussion around a new report from the think tank Demos earlier this week.  The report’s authors had concluded that much was wrong with the current school inspection regime.  Ofsted (the Government’s inspector) was described by a Demos contributor to the programme as being ‘toxic’.

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  • New Starts

    1 April 2013
    We have been looking at new starts in assembly and tutorial time this week. School is a great place for new starts because, unless they do something really unacceptable, students always get another chance.  At Wren, like all schools, children are supported when they make mistakes, encouraged to take risks and helped to find things out for themselves.  Feeling secure about their life at school encourages young people to feel confident about themselves.  They know there is always someone around who knows them and will be willing and able to help them should things go wrong.

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  • An impossible challenge

    8 March 2013
    The Secretary of State for Education recently announced a new plan to tackle obesity in schools and encourage (or perhaps direct?) children to eat more healthily.  This communication was coupled with  plans  from the government to ensure that all children are taught to prepare healthy meals during cookery lessons at school.

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  • Preparing for GCSEs

    18 February 2013
    The time is fast approaching when your son or daughter needs to be beginning a properly structured revision programme in preparation for the forthcoming GCSE examinations (I know some students have already begun to do this).  In my letter to Year 11 parents, I will be setting out some of the main issues for you and your child to consider in setting up an effective revision system.

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  • Baroque

    23 January 2013
    Competition for entry to the best universities is fierce.  It is often no longer enough for applicants to rely on their examination results when so many young people are lining up rows of A* and A grades at GCSE and A Level.  Increasingly, top universities are looking beyond examination results as they endeavour to judge a young person’s potential.  Wider experiences, knowledge and interests become more important as admissions tutors try to differentiate between numerous talented candidates all with similar examination potential.

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