Headteacher’s Blog

Opportunity Lies Ahead of Us

The waters have started to calm since we arrived back from our Easter break. The storms of lockdown and disease that buffeted our school during the last year or so are subsiding to the familiar squalls of teenage tribulations and tantrums. There is no doubt that the damage caused by such a turbulent period has…
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A Brighter Future

This week has felt truly optimistic. Spring sunshine has once again bathed the school yard and whilst not exactly cracking the flags (a uniquely Lancashire term), it is lighting the way towards a brighter future for us all. A good school is entirely predictable; young people know that the relationships they have with each other…
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Mass Testing Tour de Force

It used to be that testing in schools involved pen and paper, it now involves swabs and PPE. It was this time last year when we began planning for what became a frighteningly swift closure to schools across the country. I didn’t really know when we closed what the future would look like, I remember…
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“Now is the winter of our discontent”

The famous first line of Shakespeare’s Richard III is, “Now is the winter of our discontent”. It seems particularly pertinent to our lives in bleak midwinter lockdown. It is only too easy to feel that we are living in some eternal limbo, caught between a modern dystopia and a brighter, vaccine fueled future. It is…
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Resilience

The delight felt by us all at the news of a vaccine was quickly punctured this week by the subsequent announcement that Lancashire would be remaining in Tier 3 and we will not be emerging, phoenix like, from our lockdown cages. It is easy to feel glum. We are beginning to see proper light at…
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Keep the Faith

For the first time in a while we have been given cause for optimism, as well as a welcome return to fully operational central heating at the school, news of a vaccine has been announced. It is clear to everyone that this will not lead to immediate relief of the constrictions that have so dominated…
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