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November 2011

Posted: 15th November 2011 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

What a crazy Autumn Term!

It all began with “the phone call”!  It was our Reporting Inspector, Liz Coley, detailing our ISI inspection and asking for a hundredweight of documentation to be sent to her within 24 hours!

Our well-oiled machine sprang into motion and the ether was fizzing with the exchange of data between inspectors and school.

A week later, three charming inspectors arrived and the first stage of our 5 day examination began in earnest.  Both ends of the proverbial candle were well and truly burnt and we emerged from Part 1 being fully compliant in terms of the 208 regulations!

Four weeks later, the second stage of the inspection began and I am certain that you have all assimilated the 17 page report and digested its tasty contents with relish!  I was very pleased with the report as I felt it gave an excellent, correct and thorough snapshot of the current health and character of the school.  The inspectors also recognised that we are a school with a vision and a bright future.  And the staff and I definitely appreciated and will act upon the recommendations which are designed to help us become an even better school.

I am tremendously proud of the pupils, staff and parents – and so is our governing body and Mark Malley in particular!

Last week I donned my M & S suit, my Middlesex Rugby tie and a new pair of Clark’s shoes (on offer in T Wells) and boarded the train to London Bridge…my destination was a conference centre near Tower Gate for a meeting of the heads in our group.

We now total 5!  And it was a pleasure meeting all the heads of the respective schools!

Sam Habgood from Norfolk House; Lucia Harvey from Weston Green; Nick Copestick from Edenhurst Prep; Lee Sanders fro Brabyns; and, finally, moi!

We spent the day getting to know each other.  We discussed Employment Contracts and Handbooks.  We were trained by our Education Officer, Chris Sanderson, in the art of Lesson Observation.  We discussed future joint projects and one, which we are going to follow up, is promoting  Skippers as a centre for excellence in the Performing Arts and gaining the Artmark accreditation from the Arts Council – an ambitious goal but within our compass I believe!

As a reward for all our hard work – after all strategic planning is exhausting – Mark Malley took us to Corney and Barrows annual wine tasting event!  This took place in the Tower of London and was great fun!  The wines were delicious and the company fun!

Home by eleven!  With an all-round education!

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