Kings and Queens

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Headteacher Award for Excellence

I’m very privileged every year to present 12 students in Years 7-10 with the Headteacher Award.  T...

The N5 Project

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Art Exhibition

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  • Careers Fair

  • Kings and Queens

  • Headteacher Award for Excellence

  • The N5 Project

  • Art Exhibition

'This is Therfield' Spring 2019

Friday 8th February

I had an interesting to start to 2019. On the first day of term I received a phone call from Ofsted alerting me that our next Inspection would be the following day! Although there are a few ‘horror stories‘ around about Ofsted I knew we had a great school to show off and so it proved. If you haven’t been able to read the letter you can find it here. It was very pleasing to note the following aspects included in the report:

  • There are strong relationships between staff and pupils that underpin a positive atmosphere in which pupils want to learn.
  • Pupils enjoy coming to school and told inspectors that teachers care about them and lessons are fun.
  • In lessons, they work well together and are confident to express their ideas.
  • Classes are orderly and pupils respond well to teachers’ requests. They set to work quickly and work very well together.
  • Therfield is a friendly and welcoming school where inclusion really matters.
  • The inclusive nature of the school means that staff go to great lengths to help pupils manage their behaviour and support their learning and development.
  • The school is characterised by a nurturing and caring ethos.
  • Parents appreciate the caring ethos and the efforts of staff to help their children succeed.
  • Students behave well around the school and are friendly and polite to visitors.
  • In class, inspectors saw pupils keen to learn and eager to be rewarded for their efforts.
  • Staff know their pupils well and provide high-quality support to develop pupils’ learning.
  • Leaders have ensured that there is a strong culture of safeguarding within the school.
  • Pupils who responded to the online questionnaire, and those interviewed by inspectors, said that they felt safe in school.
  • The rising number of pupils on roll is evidence that the school is gaining the confidence of the local community.

Of course an Ofsted inspection will come and go every few years but the ‘business’ of school goes on. Our aim at Therfield is to provide the highest quality lessons and excellent opportunities so that students have the ambition to be leaders and learners throughout the twenty first century. There have been a number of great events already in 2019 which have shown the “Excellence. Leadership. Opportunity” in action.

There is one event every year that doesn’t involve any students at all, yet is extremely important to support learning throughout the school and beyond. Our TeachMeet brought 120 teachers from over 20 schools together to share ideas and strategies to develop learning. As always Therfield staff contributed superbly to the event and I’ve particularly enjoy seeing the shared ideas ‘live’ in lessons since the TeachMeet.

The Careers Fair involves every Therfield student. It’s a privilege as Headteacher to observe the 1000s of conversations about future careers, apprenticeship, university options and a range of other opportunities. Over 100 adults gave up their valuable time to support this special event and everyone at school is very appreciative of that.

Last week (after a 15 year wait!) students and teachers finally moved into the new Drama Studio. From my conversations with them everyone is enjoying the new space and I’ve already witnessed some great lessons. The High Sheriff of Surrey has kindly agreed to formally open the studio on Wednesday 13th February.

Isobel D in Year 13 talks about the fantastic opportunity of the Cern trip…. Arriving in Geneva after a very speedy flight from Gatwick, we were able to have a few hours wandering around the old town and Lake Geneva taking in the sights. The following morning, excited, we headed for CERN on the tram, we checked out the exhibitions, survived the busy canteen and headed for a lecture. Joined by a researcher at CERN we found out that we were unable to go underground, but we were able to visit the ATLAS building and the cryogenic test facility, where they cool the accelerators. It was fascinating to see the machinery behind the colliders. The guide explained to us how they use over 9,000 magnets and that it needs 120 megawatts of electricity to be powered! On the final day, we headed for the History of Science and Natural History museums. Overall it was a trip that was thoroughly enjoyed by us all.

There are a number of great opportunities coming in the next few weeks. These include the Year 7 PGL trip, the French speaking immersion week in Normandy and the ski trip will follow those in April. Of course we are also moving towards ‘exam season’ for all students and it’s been a pleasure observing the progress made by our Year 11 students as they go through their mock preparation for GCSE exams. As you know from my ‘sign off’ from every blog I write I think success comes to everyone who follows the 8 words below and it’s great to see so many students being so successful because of their excellent approach to school life.


“Be Kind.  Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Enjoy Yourself.”


James Malley