And back to work

Today I arrived at my desk at 7:15. My desk was remarkably uncluttered, so that was a positive.

Emails,signing and seeing colleagues proved a bit of a curate’s egg.

Yesterday was not good as I felt lethargic and off kilter. I have been anxious about returning to work and that is how it was manifesting itself.

There are only 13 working days left for this year and with a renewed positivity, I’m sure I can reach that milestone!

I will have the memories of last month to sustain me and also to remind me what working affords me to do.

There have already been colleagues at my door, but that is for next week, and I have had to offer comfort where needed, and that won’t stop🤔🤗

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Two weeks in

Well that's two weeks of the Academic year gone

Time just goes so quickly. The start is always frenetic, but this year with the sixth form building project 5 weeks overdue, and possibly another 5 week delay, it's even more so.
Balls in the air trying to ensure all is in place, whilst preparing for a HR audit, a GDPR audit and the ICE visit.

Satisfyingly, things are taking shape, and I feel a real sense of pride. I have had such great support from a Governor, who has been with me every step of the way: we had a shared vision and it has been a delight!

Today provided another boost to my mood with a visit to a brand designer. It is such a fillip to meet people so energised, so full of ideas, a passion for change and to feel 'yes, that hits the nail on the head'!

I walked back to work from the meeting, full of hope, it was a lovely sunny morning, and a dear colleague, celebrating her birthday, had left a cupcake on my desk

Yummy!

We have student art work on the walls and this is being updated and I particularly like one which is in the style of Katherine Jebb. So wonderful to enjoy their talents and achievements.

All in all a great start and long may the positivity remain!

Another year rolls by

Another Academic year ends tomorrow, with more goodbyes with the prospect of hellos in September. Changes to roles and new students about to embark on their next destination of the journey of lifelong learning.


It’s been a year full of highs and lows and on Monday I return to a student free school with a list as long as my arm of things to do.

Fingers crossed the new sixth form facilities will be complete and ready for the students. Our students have had the very best education with committed, outstanding teaching, despite being housed in a corridor and a former students area. This new flagship facility will inspire and energise them further! 

I for one, can’t wait, but there is still a fair way to go. 

Education and what it can mean

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit another Catholic school in East London. The journey from Chelmsford was a real trip back to the past especially when we drove through Ilford, Manor Park and Forest Gate. Road names remain but so much has changed. 

We passed my old secondary school, the entrance door still familiar and the wall that cocooned us girls from the outside world still in tact.

We continued to drive down a road that I used to walk to the tennis courts, and to the Church where we celebrated many a Mass.


All this made me realise how fortunate I had been to have had a top class education, that despite my humble beginnings, my parents gave me the best start they could. I loved school and in the main,  academia suited me. This was a springboard for me and most days I am thankful for my language skills, my mathematical ability and my knowledge of the world and history.

Not everyone has these opportunities, or the support to make the most of them. For some, school and to conform, are not happy bed fellows, but we need to find a way to engage, support and encourage these as they deserve. 

One of my favourite songs is ‘different corner’ by George Michael, and I often reflect on the choices that my parents, myself and my husband have made. My life could have been very different but I have been lucky and I appreciate all that has been done for me.


The school I visited faces so many challenges: gang culture, poverty, immigrants, and inner city anxieties, but there was such a positive vibe within the school, a real determination to achieve and be the best you can be. It was a delight, but it’s tough I’m sure. 


I returned home and we all went to the polling station together to vote, and I recanted about my day and my journey, appreciation of where my family live, the opportunities that they have had and continue to have! 

Spring and all it’s beauty 

Spring has definitely sprung, and our garden is beginning to bloom. I love this time of year and the last few days have been unseasonably warm.

School broke up last week for the Easter break, but a few of us were back on Monday, me for the year end closure.

It has been frustrating and after 3 days of anomalies, network issues and mild panic, the button has been pressed and the new financial year begins!

Yesterday and today has brought deliveries of plants, much to Kevin’s chagrin, and they have been duly placed in their new home. 

Do you see the Aussie bird?

I can’t wait to watch them grow and provide texture, movement and aromas, a bit like children really 😉😊

I have a few visits over the coming week and I’m looking forward to some time at home too to recharge my batteries for the summer term and beyond.


But sometimes wouldn’t it be great to be a cat, be fed, watered and spend your days basking in the sun 😘😘

Making a difference.

I have been unwell over the last few days, which in no small measure, is due to my anxiety over today and the memorial mass for a much loved teacher

I have sourced some fantastic pieces and met some fantastic craftsmen.

The family planting the Himalayan acer

The benches  by Martin Cook and his son Matt, and armillary by Robert Foster. 

All have gone above and beyond to have everything at school for today.

I am thrilled at how well they have been received by everyone, I was mindful in my choices, of a man, who made a difference, who lived a humble life, who had exquisite taste and lived life his way.

I can’t imagine the family’s feelings of sadness and I hope their faith in each other will sustain them.

A life that touches others goes on forever!  

He did, and it will! 

Rollercoaster ride


The last eight weeks have felt like a rollercoaster ride, although I’m not a fan of them in reality. Little did I know that I would have the surprise of my life within that time, and share it with so many family. 

Kevin and I enjoyed a wonderful week in Portugal with Viv and Don, and the timing of that was just perfect.


Nina has settled well into her new job and routine of commuting, and her and Jay are enjoying quality time together and it is wonderful to see them so happy. 


Joseph has come on in leaps and bounds with his tattooing and is now tattooing on skin and we are so proud of how he is applying himself to this, striving to improve and to forge a career in something he so passionately loves! 💕

I have caught up with friends, and have delighted in the news that Debbie has become a Nanny, and I can’t wait to have a cuddle with Ronnie next week! 🤗🤗

Work, as always seems the way, has been my greatest challenge. It has been very hard even with a week’s break! I’m not going to dwell on that as I can only do my best and what will be, will be. 

In the next few weeks I have some amazing things lined up, I am looking forward to them immensely,  and will start Christmas preparations in earnest. We are also awaiting the arrival of a new family member with the imminent arrival of Daniel and Lizzie’s baby girl. Watch this space……..

A new academic year

I’m not going to lie, it’s always a struggle to prepare for the start of a new academic year. 

I do work in school closure, but it is a far more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Tuesday saw my first full day and it was tough! 

Evening relaxing with the family in the garden helped! 

Thursday and Friday have been manic, with visitors to my office, meeting new colleagues and even a thank you! 

There seems to be a different vibe to this year, maybe so many new staff, or maybe its because we don’t have the ofsted visit hanging over us like the sword of Damocles!

Here’s hoping for a successful year for all, with fresh challenges and opportunities🤗🤗💕😉😉