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Senior High Notes 27th January 2023

We have come to the end of a very busy week, welcoming a team of five inspectors from a range of prestigious independent schools. I go around the school regularly, popping in to classrooms and activities, and I have been delighted that this week we had the opportunity to host a group of fellow professionals seeing what I see on an everyday basis. I am incredibly proud of everything our pupils and staff achieve in all areas of school life. I have worked in four high achieving schools before coming to Derby High, but here we have created something truly special - a very supportive and yet challenging culture which ensures each and every one of our students achieves success.

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Primary High Notes 27th January 2023

We have come to the end of a very busy week, welcoming a team of five inspectors from a range of prestigious independent schools. I go around the school regularly, popping in to classrooms and activities, and I have been delighted that this week we had the opportunity to host a group of fellow professionals seeing what I see on an everyday basis. I am incredibly proud of everything our pupils and staff achieve in all areas of school life. I have worked in four high achieving schools before coming to Derby High, but here we have created something truly special - a very supportive and yet challenging culture which ensures each and every one of our students achieves success.

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Senior High Notes 20th January 2023

This morning in my senior assembly I talked about some of my fears. I am particularly afraid of heights, deep water and sharks. As the years have gone on, I am definitely more fearful of things. I must admit that I do let these irrational fears rule what I do. It is very easy to let unfounded concerns stop you from trying new things. The easy option is not to put yourself out there and not try anything new. That would be a mistake.

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Primary High Notes 20th January 2023

Yesterday in my Primary assembly I talked about some of my fears. I am particularly afraid of heights, deep water and sharks. As the years have gone on, I am definitely more fearful of things. I must admit that I do let these irrational fears rule what I do. It is very easy to let unfounded concerns stop you from trying new things.

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Primary High Notes 13th January 2023

Monday was an exciting day in history for UK space exploration, with the first ever rocket launch from UK soil. Like many I stayed up past my bedtime to watch Virgin Orbit’s modified plane, dubbed Cosmic Girl, take off from Newquay, before releasing the rocket with satellites on board. The rocket then ignited and accelerated to 22 times the speed of sound, soaring past the coasts of Spain and Portugal before leaving the Earth's atmosphere at 17,200mph.

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Senior High Notes 13th January 2023

This morning in my senior school assembly I talked about the power of words and actions and how they can impact someone both now and in the future. As many of you will know I am a diehard Nottingham Forest supporter. I had a season ticket for over 10 years from about the age of 12. Supporting my local team has been a big part of my life. One of my favourite players in the 1990s was Jason Lee, who played for Nottingham Forest for three seasons from 1994, becoming part of a team that finished third in the Premier League.

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Primary High Notes 6th January 2023

Happy New Year! I have been so impressed to see great learning and purposeful work taking place straight into the beginning of the new term, with children excited to be back in the classroom. I am proud to say that our Primary School is an environment which values the process of learning through creativity and inspiration.

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Senior High Notes 6th January 2023

Happy New Year! Returning to school for a new term is always a good opportunity for our students to set individual targets and aspirations. Years 11 and 13 are currently taking mock exams, starting yesterday with tutors and Heads of Year joining them for breakfast before their first exam. We very much see these exams as an essential part of the academic journey, because they enable students to experience the closest thing so far to the actual external exams in the summer, and to reflect on areas of strength and areas that require development.

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