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Teachers, support staff, classrooms, school: incredible people, incredible place.

Reflecting on the last couple of weeks at Highbury Grove, I’m struck by just how amazing the work is that we do.  I was sitting in an incredible maths lesson thinking: what’s happening here is extraordinary.  All of these complicated young people and their teacher are wrapped up in a process that is so complex, … Continue reading

Speaking frankly, oracy should be given more time.

On Tuesday 8th November, there was a publication pile-up drawing attention to the importance of oracy in the school curriculum. Staff at Highbury Grove contributed to all three: Firstly, the free online book Speaking Frankly was published by the English Speaking Union, a project coordinated by their Director of Education, Duncan Partridge.  Andrew Fitch, our Director … Continue reading

Free School on our doorstep. October Update.

This post is a follow up to my previous post about the new Free School opening up the road from Highbury Grove. This week I had a meeting with the CEO of the Meller Educational Trust along with other key stakeholders.   Here are the main points regarding their plans for the free school in Ladbroke … Continue reading

Our common lesson format.

This is our attempt to capture the universal expectations and routines.  It emerged from a staff CPD session last year and was agreed by all departments.  It’s sufficiently flexible for everyone whilst providing a consistent framework across the school.  If you can’t read the image, the text is below. (To respond to some of the … Continue reading

Promoting Cultural Capital: We are naming our classrooms.

As part of a long-term, school-wide initiative to develop our students’ cultural capital, we are going to be giving each of the spaces in our school an identity linked to a significant person.  Each department has been asked to select people who represent their subjects, blending historical and contemporary figures and seeking to achieve a … Continue reading

Putting the OfSTED Framework to good use.

Recently we ran a useful OfSTED planning session with my SLT and some key governors to prepare the ground for next year.  We’re hugely likely to be inspected and we thought that, with new governors and refreshed SLT, it was time to revisit the framework together.  I take pride in our stance on OfSTED – … Continue reading

Our School Development Plan Priorities 2016-7

  It’s that time of year when we’re looking ahead, planning for next year and beyond, trying to reorganise and regroup so that we’re moving forward.  As ever, we’re ambitious for what we can achieve and we’re trying move forward on lots of fronts.  Here are our School Development Plan headlines (the full plan is … Continue reading

Emerging KS3 Curriculum Map and Exhibition Plan

Our Head of School for KS3 has been working with subjects leaders to pull together  a map of our curriculum.  This idea is to look for links, to plan future links, and, more routinely, keep tabs on what is going on in our students’ learning lives. All too often the detail of the curriculum is … Continue reading

HGS CPD: Festival of Learning 2016:

  On Friday we held our second annual Festival of Learning following the success of the event we held last year.  Once again we were delighted to run this collaboratively with our colleagues from Samuel Rhodes School, our co-located special school partners . Here’s a flavour of the ideas that were shared. Teachmeet:  A series of … Continue reading

1200 Reasons to Love My School.

When all is said and done, it’s the students that make it all worthwhile.  And they really do.  Whatever the pressures and challenges we face as teachers, leaders, parents, adults –  every school day is punctuated by encounters with students reminding you why it all matters so much: encounters that fill you with hope and … Continue reading

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