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Head's Blog

Radnor House parents receive a Weekly Bulletin of news information, highlights of achievements and details of forthcoming events, as well as additional communications from other departments and individuals as necessary.

Our Head, Darryl Wideman, also writes a regular blog to share his thoughts about education and the world with a wider audience, which you can read below.

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  • What's Next?

    I think the best television series ever made was Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, with Martin Sheen playing US president Jed Bartlet, surrounded by a fiercely loyal team of advisers who were passionate about their work and the difference it could make to the American people.  Even...
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  • Past, Present and Future

    Ignoring all the excitement of an inspection week, because we are not allowed to discuss the process (ever) or the outcomes (for the time being), I’ll focus instead on the messages I have been sharing with the pupils this week in our assembly programme, in a series of slides I’ve called...
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  • Genuine Inspiration

    I mentioned last week that I had been to see a lecture from Sir John Jones at St Mary’s, which became a timely opportunity for me to renew my educational vows about what really matters in school amidst the stasis and torpor that the weekly wait for an inspector to...
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  • To Do or Not to Do, That Might Be the Question

    One of the initiatives introduced this term by our new Director of Sixth Form, Peter Nathan, is for the first two lessons of the day in the Sixth Form Common Room to be a silent supervised study time, with a view to developing a more effective work habit among the pupils.  There was a...
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  • The Past May Not Be A Foreign Country

    I said last week that I am currently teaching the social and economic history of the seventeenth century to my Lower Sixth class.  We spent last term looking at the various political and religious upheavals of the period, not least the execution of Charles I in 1649 as the culmination of the ye...
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  • Happy New Year

    ‘Did you have a good Christmas?’ is, of course, a perfectly valid question for people to ask at this time of year, but I’m guessing that almost all the replies turn out to be bland and superficial affirmatives that everything was fine and dandy, which is what we...
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  • It’s the Optimists Who Change the World

    By the time you read this, we will know the outcome of the General Election, but it simply isn’t possible in the final week of term to wait until the last morning to put together the latest news in a coherent piece of thought – if indeed that is ever what I do when I write...
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  • Talking to Strangers

    Before the half term break I said I was looking forward to reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new book ‘Talking to Strangers’, so I am delighted to offer an update that it turned out to be just as interesting as I hoped it would be.  Gladwell writes so well that you can...
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  • If They Can Do It, So Can You

    It is always an interesting experience to do something a little different at school, outside the normal rhythms of each term, so the chance to host a hustings event for the parliamentary candidates for the Twickenham constituency offered the prospect of a fascinating evening on Wednesday...
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  • The Future is Already Here

    We celebrated our second annual GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening last week, which seemed an appropriate opportunity for reflection, not just on the extent of the pupils’ achievements but also on what might lie ahead for them. 
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  • Remembering

    On Monday this week, we held two Acts of Remembrance, one in school and one in Radnor Gardens with the staff and pupils from St Catherine’s School.  In my closing remarks, I shared my thoughts about what I try to remember each year during the two minutes’ silence, because...
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  • The Value of Reputation

    Whether it is true or not is open to interpretation, like so much nowadays, but I like the story of the Chinese proverb that turns out to be a curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’  One of the reasons I have stayed in the teaching profession for so many years is that no two da...
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