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Our Mobile Phone Ban – 9 Months On…

In April last year we took the decision to ban mobile phones, mainly driven by a concern over students mental health.  At the time I wrote about this on my…

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Our Mobile Phone Ban – 9 Months On…

Developing Character and Grit

Inevitable new year resolutions come and go at this time of year.  So here are my thoughts on how we build character and grit at our academy.   One of…

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Developing Character and Grit

Our Diverse Academy

“We have three students in tears.” My senior leader had phoned whilst I was at a Stoke-on-Trent Principals meeting.  It was 24th June 2016. My senior leader went on to…

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Our Diverse Academy

Choosing a secondary school

This year my youngest daughter started her first year at school so I really empathise with the choices that parents are making at the moment. It is that time of…

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Choosing a secondary school

Social Media and Mental Health

I started this term off slightly differently than normal. I always take the first week of assemblies of a new term. Normally my assemblies are about positivity and reaching our…

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Social Media and Mental Health

Break the glass ceiling

This is Shama. Shama was our deputy head girl in 2014-15 and finished year 11 in 2015. Shama left us to study sciences at Newcastle-under-Lyme College. However she took the…

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Break the glass ceiling

12 Thoughts of Christmas

Principal’s Blog 12 Things to be proud of at Christmas as I look back on this term….. #1 Ofsted came in November and agreed we were still good with outstanding…

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12 Thoughts of Christmas