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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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  • This Is Interesting

    Horizons, ambitions and the usual sources of pleasure may have narrowed for most of us in the last few months, but among all the frustrations there have also been some additional opportunities, which for me usually means the chance to read another book.  I cannot quite explain why, but I seem t...
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  • The Oracle of Twickenham

    Let’s be clear from the outset – no one likes a smart alec, and there is no skill in being wise after the event.  Having taught history for so many years, I am all too familiar with the benefit of hindsight and how it can alter our perspective of what actually happene...
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  • Read for Pleasure, Write to Think

    ‘The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory’ may or may not be a Chinese proverb – people online seem to have remarkably powerful views about things that seem of limited importance to me – but it is a useful way to summarise one of my key approaches to educat...
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  • Let The Games Begin

    I am still trying to come to terms with the decision to allow three different households to mix over five days at Christmas this year.  Watching Gogglebox last week, it was once again interesting to see the reaction to the government announcement.  There was no sense th...
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  • 'Tis the Season to be Jolly Careful

    I am usually relatively quick to criticise our prime minister, a man for whom I often struggle to find much respect, not least when he condones the actions of people like Dominic Cummings and Priti Patel instead of setting an example of leadership and condemni...
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  • The Value of Mastery

    I mentioned in a previous blog that I enjoyed reading ‘The Plantagenets’ by Dan Jones over the summer, which piqued my interest in a period of history that I have never studied in any depth.  This interest was reinforced by the latest issue of the BBC History Magazine, which has an...
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  • The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    There is an old joke, usually among football supporters, that despair is bearable, but hope brings misery.  If you are used to your team performing badly week after week, you somehow learn to endure.  However, once in a blue moon, the right manager for the right moment manages to coax some...
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  • Screaming into the Abyss

    There was a nice gag at the end of ‘The Now Show’ on BBC Radio Four last week, when they asked the virtual audience for their recommendations about how best to pass the time while we wait for some sense of normality to return.  One listener suggested in a deadpan style that her...
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  • Putting It All In Perspective

    At the end of my section in the bulletin last week, I made reference to an interview with the historian and broadcaster Neil Oliver, in which he made what I thought was a very interesting point about the way that events cycle through time.  He said that in his work he reads...
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  • The Tyranny of Homogeneity

    What a pretentious title!  Let’s keep it simple and say instead that variety is the spice of life. 
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  • What Have I Learned Recently?

    Now that term is up and running, with a growing sense of routine, for the time being at least, it seemed like a good time to go round to each year group and share a few thoughts with them in an assembly.  In the past, which is a much easier expression of time than ‘the...
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  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

    I thought a change of direction might be needed this week, steering away from further comment about the relentlessly miserable news, the end of summer and the unshakeable image of John Laurie’s Private Frazer saying, ‘We’re doomed, Captain Mainwaring, doome...
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