This week: Parliamentary review of best practice in schools, Welcome to new staff, Moving On event.
Parliamentary review of best practice in schools
I’m delighted to announce that Camden School for Girls is one of ten schools featured in the Education edition of the Parliamentary Review, an annual publication which is described by its editors as follows:
The Parliamentary Review will be showcasing the school's best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector, in particular to those in education.
The key idea is to demonstrate how determined leadership and innovative thinking can turn around organisations or to highlight how organisations/individuals have become outstanding leaders in their field. The contributors thus act as a template for reform.
The Review has separate versions which are based on key policy areas. E.g Manufacturing, Finance, Healthcare etc...
The Secondary Education Edition features commentaries of the year in education and Westminster, which bookend the 1,000 word pieces from selected schools.
The 2017 Review will be sent out to over 35,000 leading policymakers including MPs, Peers at the House of Lords, Headteachers, Vice-Chancellors, Government Agencies, the Department for Education and many more.
Olivia Camillo (Deputy Headteacher in charge of the Sixth Form) and I attended the launch of the publication in the beautiful Members’ Dining Hall at the House of Commons on Monday 18 September. Speakers included the Right Honourable Sir Eric Pickles, Jeremy Vine, the Right Honourable Lord Blunkett and Sam Warburton, Captain of the British and Irish Lions rugby team. Follow the link here to see the article about Camden School for Girls.
Ms Kitcatt and Ms Camillo celebrate the school's inclusion in the Parliamentary Review with Sir Eric Pickles
Ms Camillo discussed successes at Camden School for Girls with Lord Blunkett.
Welcome to new staff
We are very pleased to be welcoming some new colleagues into the school this year. Ms Benzina joins us as Head of Modern Foreign Languages, and we are also joined by Mr Savoia in Mathematics, Ms Maggs and Ms Strang in History, Ms Warner and Ms Goldsworthy in Art, Ms Crocket in Theology, Ms Bates in Spanish, Ms Ezomo in Science and Ms Da Silva as a Learning Support Assistant. Ms Tuohy joins us as Cover and Music Administration Asistant.
‘There is a very special atmosphere in this school’
This was one parent’s comment on her experience of our Open Evening this week. It is always a real pleasure to host prospective parents and students in the school on our annual Open Mornings and Evening. Our current students and staff work extremely hard to assist them in understanding just what makes the school so special, and we always receive praise for the girls who lead tours around the school - they are knowledgeable, welcoming and helpful.
We also met many parents at Camden’s Moving On event. On the afternoon of Thursday 14 September, students Abi, Edie, Ella, Pitta, Margot & Safia assisted Ms Toman & Ms Tani at the Moving on Event at The Camden Centre. This event was an opportunity for parents of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to meet representatives of all 10 secondary schools in the borough.
It was an extremely busy occasion and we are very proud of our students who worked so hard, handing out prospectuses to visitors and welcoming them to our stand. They ably handled all manner of questions from parents and their daughters about life at the school. Remarkably two students Margot and Safia had only joined Year 7 just 8 days before. They all proved to be fantastic ambassadors for the school and we received numerous compliments from those who spoke to them.