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04/03/24

Fridays are GASP Motor Project in our Learning Support space. A selected group of Year 9 and 10 Students explore motor mechanics, engineering, and foster connections. Our Formula One team is making great progress with their sports cars ! Take a sneak peek at their work! pic.twitter.com/ZLCIii5ELY— Guildford County Sch () March 4, 2024

04/03/24

Excitement is building for "Wind in the Willows" . Dress/Tech Sunday, the cast and crew have put in tireless efforts. Opening night is just around the corner – can't wait! 🎭 pic.twitter.com/FLuV0EbTMo— Guildford County Sch () March 4, 2024

03/03/24

🎓 Year 12 students gained invaluable insights from City expert Jane Vessey on Finance, Investments, and Trading careers. Thank you for your wisdom and advice, Jane! #weareguildfordcountyschool pic.twitter.com/vCfGtS1xkt— Guildford County Sch () March 3, 2024

02/03/24

Last half term we had a fun packed week where our curriculum was brought to life. This included a VE themed day in YR 6, Stone Age day in YR1, YR2 marching around dressed as Romans & YR4 turning galactic for their Space Day! pic.twitter.com/ODvfdfM8XF— Loseley Fields () March 2, 2024

01/03/24

Today atWoodkirk Academy Lincoln Minster School Waltham Toll Bar Academy George Abbot School HoeValleySchool Ewell Primary School pic.twitter.com/CYdrMYgo3c— Onatti Productions () March 1, 2024

29/02/24

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative teaching assistant to join us in our vibrant and ambitious primary school.For more information please visit:https://t.co/v4eBpzpq1M#Farncombe pic.twitter.com/2qOgYXOvP7— Loseley Fields () February 29, 2024

29/02/24

Year 12 Geography crew at Slapton Ley field centre are conducting field research on infiltration rates, soil characteristics, and carbon content in woodland and arable land. They also simulated storms to study runoff and infiltration impact. A hands-on learning pic.twitter.com/ssPS9t6p1z— Guildford County Sch () February 29, 2024

29/02/24

'How to earn 11 marks on the NEA2 Practical!' Mrs Hancock spent a couple of hours working with her students looking at equipment and techniques to boost grades when presenting food. Well done to those who attended, some fantastic products plated. pic.twitter.com/IfV7t5i4w2— George Abbot School () February 29, 2024

29/02/24

Great to see so many enthusiastic pupils at George Abbot School today. Thank you so much Carrie Dunn for an inspiring day of events all about the history of women's football and becoming a sports journalist. pic.twitter.com/gEsEcs1qvQ— Guildford Book Festival () February 28, 2024

28/02/24

Our stunning set for “Wind in the Willows” is in the final stages of production and getting ready for next week. A huge thank you to the art department, Mrs. Nicole, and our amazing Year 12 Students for all their hard work. The show is almost here! Have you bought your ticket ? pic.twitter.com/LfXsPwOmgN— Guildford County Sch () February 28, 2024

28/02/24

Year 12 Geography squad in Slapton hands-on learning! Analysing beach sediment, investigating size variations, roundness, and sphericity to understand beach dynamics. Rain didn't stop their Totnes exploration either!#weareguildfordcountyschool pic.twitter.com/9xsQ9uFv5D— Guildford County Sch () February 28, 2024

27/02/24

Deeply honored to have Sophie Power, esteemed GB ultra runner, speak at our Year 13 assembly. Her captivating tales of resilience left a lasting impression, inspiring students to overcome obstacles. Grateful for her insights & eagerly await her future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/LVtKeXLOG6— Guildford County Sch () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

Year 12 Geography field trip to Slapton off to a great start! Team trekked 8K along the bay, explored North Hallsands, analysed beach pebbles at Beesands,and delved into the historical significance of the 'swimming tank'- a UK Sherman tank recovery, linking History with Geography pic.twitter.com/3jvUBGvOl4— Guildford County Sch () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

Great game tonight for the Yr8 netball team. A close game with the girls showing great versatility and playing a range of positions. Gabbot managed to just come away with the win. Shout out to Bella and Sophia for girls of the game pic.twitter.com/SFEqnb9GCu— George Abbot PE Dept () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

A pleasure to have Holy Trinity, Worplesdon, St Joseph's, Bushy Hill and Boxgrove join us for our first orchestra rehearsal. The hall was full of such talent and enthusiase. We can't wait to hear the music Lilja has written and arranged, on stage at G Live in March! Well done ☺️ pic.twitter.com/G2MvmIVgs3— Northmead Junior School () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

Great game tonight for the Yr8 netball team. A close game with the girls showing great versatility and playing a range of positions. Gabbot managed to just come away with the win. Shout out to Bella and Sophia for girls of the game pic.twitter.com/SFEqnb9GCu— George Abbot PE Dept () February 27, 2024

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We all need to belong

17th November 2023

Following open days in our secondary schools earlier this term, many of our primary schools have been in the thick of open mornings and afternoons recently, busy showing groups of eager parents around our schools in the hope that they will apply for places to start next September. I know how much time and effort this takes across our schools in both sectors.

Interestingly, I was starkly reminded by one group of parents that the children who will enter our Reception classrooms in September 2024 are our ‘covid time’ babies. It will be interesting - and no doubt challenging - to see how this generation of young children cope with the huge social step up that school entails. We have already seen a change in the dialogue coming from parents; we’ve had enquiries about flexible schooling and whether this is an option, and how will we prepare for home learning?

I wonder whether the changing nature of society will continue?

The attitudes of the workforce have significantly changed, with many of us having friends and family who work from home or have much more flexible working options. Those of us working in education still struggle with this notion, yet we can’t sit back and ignore the fact that society is changing and so, as educational employers and establishments, we will need to shift our thinking and practices to be more flexible.

Our core business in schools is teaching and learning yet when you truly evaluate a school, it does so much more. Our schools are at the heart of our communities, providing warm, safe spaces. Every one of our schools demonstrates inclusion in its truest sense and that’s why working on site with our young people is so important. For some, coming to school every day and being greeted with a warm smile and an understanding nod is everything to make them feel like they belong.

I truly believe that belonging is a human right; belonging shows that someone cares for us and believes in us. Whether we are children or adults, the culture across Learning Partners is one of belonging.

I hope that in the coming weeks, as the challenges of the term lie ahead, you anchor yourself knowing that you belong in your school. Remind yourself of the difference you make to the young people you support and the colleagues and families you work alongside. 

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