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Headteacher's Blog

It is school, but not as we know it.

When I first became a headteacher, the nugget of wisdom that I received time and time again from everyone I consulted was along the lines …

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Reflections on our first term

I became a headteacher for the first time at the start of September – and I have to admit that the three and a half …

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We have a school!

Yesterday all of the months of hard work and planning paid off.  Our very first cygnets walked through the door and we can now officially …

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First week with staff

This week we started final preparations for the Swan School to officially open on the 9th September.   It was both a pleasure and relief to …

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What lies beneath The Swan?

On Saturday, new Swan families and I braved the adverse weather conditions to find out more about the archaeological findings that have been unearthed where …

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Lessons from the recruitment front line

Staffing is the biggest expense in running a school and our teachers are our most important resource.  It has been well-documented that there is currently …

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Food, glorious food!

Food will be an extremely important part of life at The Swan – not least because of my own tendency to get ‘hangry’ when not …

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Construction is under way on our permanent home

It has been a big few weeks for everyone here at The Swan – the planning permission for our temporary site was granted last Wednesday, …

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Securing your place at The Swan

Last night we held an information event for prospective Swan parents and students at New Marston Primary School.  It was wonderful to see so many …

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World-class new comprehensive in Oxford is becoming reality

For anyone involved in The Swan School project, this is an extremely exciting time. It feels as if plans for the school have been being …

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