Airbus Flying Challenge

The fantastic team at Airbus Defence and Space have agreed to work with Thomas Alleyne Academy to offer a year-long programme of activities designed to inspire and support selected students as they prepare for the world of work. 

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Magic Breakfast

There are very occasionally opportunities that cross my desk that just appear too good to be true.  Usually, the hidden catch quickly becomes obvious and the offer can be consigned to the delete folder or recycling bin.  However, a few months ago we were informed of a charity called Magic Breakfast, that was able to provide us with a free breakfast for every student. 

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Careers and Curriculum

This week I was invited to accompany representatives from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership as they bid to the Careers and Enterprise Company for Hertfordshire to become a Careers Hub and receive additional funding.  Thanks to the excellent work being led by a range of staff, Thomas Alleyne’s has been identified as the lead school for the hub that covers North Herts, Stevenage, Welwyn and Hatfield Districts. 

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Year 7 Progress

The most challenging and important part of any data collection cycle is working out how best to use the information we receive.  We have now moved to the following approach, which we trialed with the most recent Year 7 reports.

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Reasons To Be Proud

This week I have been privileged to lead discussions with our curriculum leaders and our governing body where we have reflected on our identity as a school.  Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our staff and students we have many reasons to be proud

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Extended projects

 At a time when schools are continually feeling the pressure of league tables and funding constraints, it is difficult to continue to run the breadth of curriculum we would all like to offer.  It is pleasing to see that the draft new Ofsted framework recognises the importance of a broad curriculum being in place for students for as long as possible.

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Airbus Foundation Discovery Space

This year I have been delighted to work closely with the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space.  This is an innovative project led by Hertfordshire LEP, Airbus Defence and Space, the Airbus Foundation and North Hertfordshire College. These groups have collaborated to set up a science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) discovery centre aimed at running inspirational experiences for Key Stage 2 and 3 students.

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Welcome to my first blog post of 2019.  I hope you all had a happy and restful Christmas and New Year.  Alongside time with family and friends I was also able to sit and enjoy reading a few books over the Christmas break.  One that struck me was ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ by Alex Quigley.  This had been recommended by colleagues and is a book that emphasises the power of words to narrow gaps between the advantaged and disadvantaged and address social mobility

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Our school has been fortunate this year to secure a place on the Herts for Learning ‘Great Expectations’ programme. This is a year-long course for good schools identified as demonstrating the necessary drive and ambition to become truly great education establishments. 

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The Grinch

Every year I continue to perfect my impression of the lovable, but grumpy, Christmas Scrooge, the Grinch.  Long-suffering staff will be able to predict my early December announcement about the run up to Christmas. 

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Great Gatsby! Careers Education

This week I was delighted to be given an opportunity to talk to Enterprise Advisors from across Hertfordshire about Careers Education.  The network of Enterprise Advisors have been established by the Careers and Enterprise Company to provide schools with links to business to help develop the careers advice and guidance on offer to students.

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