Head's News 17/03/2017

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This has been a somewhat weird week for me as I have been away in Wiltshire for 2 days as part of an ISI inspection team and only returned late on Thursday evening to join the end of the FOA Quiz Night.

This particular inspection was a Regulatory Compliance Inspection (RCI). The purpose of this type of inspection is to check that all the essential policies and practices are in order. Akin to an MOT test for a vehicle, you really want the sheet to come back blank with no issues raised. For an inspector it means two days of running around, interviewing a wide variety of teaching and support staff, meetings with pupils and lesson observations, with a lot more thrown in besides. Clearly, this analysis brings a whole school perspective in a short space of time. I find that this is a very helpful process for me as headmaster. On the one hand there is the detail and details count, but there is also the important overview in the final judgements. “What does this all add up to?” and “What are the material outcomes for pupils?” It is important to keep both perspectives and time away on inspection has been very useful.

Above all, having been away for a few days, it has been lovely to be back in school today to see the children.

FOA Quiz Night

How fine it was, after a busy few days inspecting, to come back to the FOA Quiz Night at the Marriott Hotel. I arrived rather late and it was clear that the teams were vying for the top spot. The atmosphere was warm and full of fun but the competitive edge was palpable as the results of each section were announced.


What I have observed this week has been the astounding quality and variety of talks and workshops for our pupils. I would like to thank so many parents who have kindly given up of their time to present some of these talks to different ages of children at appropriate levels. Abercorn parents are a highly talented group and we really do appreciate you coming in to share your expertise with our pupils.

This is potentially a landmark weekend for English rugby as we take on Ireland in Dublin during St Patrick’s Day come Weekend! I for one, will be glued to a television set on Saturday afternoon to see if we can beat the record of an 18 match winning streak set by New Zealand’s All Blacks.

Whatever you are doing this weekend may I wish you happy and relaxing time.

Benedict Dunhill

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