Headmaster’s Weekly Blog

23rd November 18

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different”
C.S. Lewis

I would very much like to thank all of the parents that contributed to our ISI Inspection this week by completing the parent questionnaire. The Parent Forum on Thursday evening allowed me to discuss some of the issues that had been raised by the inspectorate and we look forward to communicating the outcome of the inspection when we are permitted to do so. At present, the outcome remains confidential to only the Senior Leadership Team.

To have the entire Senior Leadership Team attending the inspection judgement is relatively rare. However, I do hope that this reflects the value we place on teamwork and collective responsibility at the school. I must also thank all of the members of staff and pupils who not only completed their own questionnaires but provided a very positive impression of the school in all aspects of our performance this week.

The views of the Parent Forum provided much room for thought. The parents welcomed the new format of the ‘Christmas at Lindens’ event on Saturday 1st December at 2pm with activities for our younger children and a special visit from Santa and his reindeer. We hope that you will wear your Christmas jumpers and join us for what will be a very enjoyable afternoon of festive family fun.

We are delighted that parents are also looking forward to attending our whole school Carol Service to be held at All Saints’ Church in Northampton town centre on Tuesday 11th December at 6pm. Please do join us for what promises to be a very special event in the yearly school calendar.

This week at school we welcomed a group of Chilean students and their teacher to Quinton House from one of our Cognita group schools. I am delighted that a team of QHS staff are organising the Christmas around the World event that now involves children in more than 40 Cognita schools and 9 different countries exchanging Christmas cards and providing an insight into how they will spend this Christmas.

The C.S. Lewis quote at the start of the newsletter perhaps reflects the comments from the Parent Forum on the developing culture and atmosphere at the school. I am delighted that day by day there are so many different things to celebrate across the school. The development plans for the school also provide for an exciting future for all members of the Quinton House School community. The focus on the core expectations of a high quality value for money education will remain, but alongside will feature our desire to develop our educational provision in three key focus areas: character & leadership; outdoor learning; and global perspectives.

As our focus now changes and the inspection is complete, I am reminded of another C.S. Lewis quote:

“You are never too old to set another goal and to dream another dream”.

Tim Hoyle


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