Blog Entry November 2014

10/11/14

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Headteacher's blog 

November 2014

Since the first blog, events have been moving along at breakneck pace. We have held our Open sessions for next year's Year 7 and the response has been amazing. We have had more parents visit over the open mornings and evening than we have had in the last ten years! As our senior students gathered feedback it became apparent that it is the growing reputation of the school that has attracted increasing numbers and this is often by word of mouth. Our new videos, which can be viewed on this website, were a great success. 

Filming is becoming more common place for us and we have just said goodbye to a Dutch Film crew who were in filming for a current affairs programme focusing on the computing curriculum in the UK. This reflects our international reputation having recently hosted the Ministry of Education from Malaysia who were also looking at our computing curriculum. Additionally we have had filming for the Schools Direct programme which is the teacher training initiative we are part of and we are currently filming a video for our sixth form open evening on the 13th November. This will be an opportunity for our year 11 to consider which subjects they wish to pursue with us and for students from other schools to learn the advantages of joining such a remarkable school.

Our new building is now really beginning to take shape and I have included a photograph with this blog. We are on schedule to complete before the end of the Spring term although we still need to raise funds to ensure we can properly equip the facility. Thank you to all the parents who submitted voluntary fund contributions. The voluntary fund makes a real difference to the opportunities and facilities we can provide. If you haven't yet done so please return your contribution and enable us to continue to provide an outstanding educational experience.

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This week we mark Remembrance Day but we have been promoting the centenary of the First World War throughout the term through poetry and displays. We have now received our Union Flag and our own Townley Flag to be displayed in the school and these will form part of the Remembrance Day assemblies this week. Additionally, our students laid a wreath on the grave of Fred Arthur Foot, who died aged 19yrs in the First World War and as a Bexley resident is buried in the churchyard in Old Bexley.

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Earlier in the term I took part in the Bexley Council Scrutiny Committee at the Civic Centre. The focus was on selection testing in Bexley and I spoke alongside primary heads and two heads from non-selective schools. You can see the discussion on the Bexley Council website at www.bexley.gov.uk.  More recently the debate on selective education has been re-ignited with the approval of a satellite grammar school in Berkshire and now a new proposal for one in Sevenoaks. If you would like to read my entry in the Parliamentary Review to be found on our website you can see my views on grammar schools and their place in the UK education system.

 

Please click here for the full details in the Parliamentary review of Townley Grammar School (page22)

 

 

With Year 11 Mocks now over and the Sixth Form Information Evening complete on the 13th we now set our sights on Christmas and the end of this very busy term. Plans are underway for Christmas lunch and we await a visit from Santa! 

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