It has been a tumultuous week in British politics and in school. Our school stands proud at the centre of our community and it represents high expectations, good discipline and high quality learning. We are relentlessly consistent and stable and this gives our young people the platform that they need to succeed. This week however it has felt like the outside world has flooded into the steadfast Edwardian walls of our school. We have picked up the pieces of some of our young people’s lives, their fears, their disfunctions and the pressures that make our school the only stability that many of them see in the week. Our safeguarding and pastoral staff are the best I have ever worked with; they have cajoled, reprimanded and mediated and we have ended the week resolute, settled and focused. As our parliament tries to solve the Rubik’s cube of Brexit negotiation, they could do worse than ask our staff for advice.

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