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What’s in a name?

William Shakespeare once wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet”.I’m no scholar of the Bard, but I think he was suggesting that names in themselves do not create worth, but intrinsic qualities derive meaning.This crossed my mind when I was considering whether…

The Million Pound Scholarship School

I could not have imagined, in my wildest dreams, that 1 in 20 of our Year 11 students last year would have got scholarships estimated at a collective total of one million pounds to some of the most prestigious independent schools in the world as part of our ‘prestigious colleges’ programme. Cumberland Community School is…

Fast forward the future; how goal setting can force positive change

During the first lockdown, after a period of hesitation, I made a conscious decision to get on the road on two wheels. A report by Forbes shows that, since the pandemic, there has been a bike boom with over a billion pounds worth of additional bicycles sold in the UK; that is a 63% sales…

Lockdown Legends!

Without a shadow of a doubt, this latest lockdown has been an extremely challenging one for us all. Being stuck indoors for an extended period of time and being out of our usual routines, not seeing loved ones and, in some cases, not seeing daylight because we were all glued to our screens has been…

Get the behaviour right, and everything else is possible.

I make a habit of speaking to supply teachers when they come to our school, and I often ask them how they find behaviour in our school. The response is always the same; “What behaviour issue?” “The kids here are lovely.” “There is no such thing as behaviour issues in this school.” This leaves a…


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