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Reflections on a busy first week back

There has been much to celebrate this week.

The end of our first week back has seen (generally) more pleasant weather than last term. Thankfully, there have been no wet lunches, but there is lots to celebrate, even in the first week back. I loved seeing the quality of art work being produced in the GCSE practical exams for art and graphic design. On Tuesday, a group of nearly thirty Year 10 students took part in the national Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ activity, spending the day developing their public speaking skills. Our assemblies this week have been on the topic of ‘fast fashion’, considering the environmental and human impacts of the fashion industry, driven by marketing that encourages consumers to frequently purchase new items for their wardrobe.

So, although it has been the first week back, the pace and intent of term has been absolutely at full speed since Monday morning. I started this term with a whole school assembly, in which I spoke to students about a number of key things. I reminded them about our core expectations, shared updates about our school building project. I also spoke to students about the skills we are seeking to develop further in our students through their learning.

Students of the week

Congratulations go to our stars of the week listed below for maintaining their commitment, focus and sense of drive. Well done to everyone!

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Sixth Form






Ismaiel / Rowan

Talk for learning

We have been working hard as a school to make sure that our students are informed about their subjects and the wider world. Being better informed about key ideas (like the environmental impact of the fashion industry) is important, but we also want to do whatever we can to make sure that when students understand big ideas they are also able to express them, including in speech.

We spent some of our Wednesday afternoon teacher training time last term developing our understanding of what high-quality talk in the classroom looks like. For example, talking about something with a partner can clarify understanding and deepen levels of thought. 

So, over the coming term, there will be times in lessons where students are asked to work with a partner, to turn and talk about a specific topic, sometimes having made notes first. We hope that this activity in lessons will develop students' understanding of their subjects, as well as develop a critical set of skills for being successful in adult life.

Our annual PSHE Survey

All schools in England consult with their parents on the content of their personal, social and health and economic education (PSHE) curriculum every year. At Greenshaw we would want to understand any views you have on this and there will be a message coming out to all families this week encouraging you to take part. If you are able to spend a few minutes completing this activity, it would be much appreciated as we start to plan our learning for the next school year.

I wish you all a very relaxing weekend.

Mr N House, Headteacher