I am reflecting on the celebrations and challenges of a busy week as Head of a school- where every day is different . I am hugely privileged to share in children’s wonderful achievements every day and celebrate my amazing staff team and the continuous work they do to reflect and make sure they are doing their very best to ensure your children learn well both in academic areas as well as life skills.
We are recognised widely as a school that prioritises the well-being and development of the whole child, and as such we invest time in supporting children who face challenges in all their forms. This may be at all levels- after all even those who feel they are Masters at something need elements of challenge and to learn from mistakes . This is a huge part of learning how to problem solve and develop resilience and strategies for facing the ups and downs of life with a sense of optimism. If we make mistakes we learn from them and move on.
As a headteacher I inevitably have to work with issues that don’t always go according to plan and I thought I’d share with you some of the processes I go through to ensure I am being fair and measured and making sure our school upholds our commitment to exceptional standards.
When we face issues- individual or collective, I consider these carefully in terms of the context, and in terms of our wider values, aims and polices or strategy. With an individual child this may be in line with a simple
policy, or may involve SEND considerations or or wider wellbeing and safeguarding guidelines. I also have a senior leadership team to discuss this with so I can check and discuss there is no bias and that decisions are made in a measured way.This also applies to whole school decisions as we have with morning entry.We have to look at issues in the broadest sense to consider wider implications.
When the need arises , within the trust we have trained specialists in all areas of achool life . Today I had a visit from our Safeguarding and well-being lead who can review a range of issues- social care liaison, behaviour incidents , parental concerns, trips , staff well-being, etc.
We have health and safety and buildings professionals, IT and data teams, SEND and a host of other areas as our staff who work within these teams too ( all
our Senior leaders support other schools and departments in their specialist areas).
This means our achool is not an island on its own where my decisions are not checked and measured carefully. Ultimately I am selected as an expert in my field and trusted to lead, but the Trust’s commitment to excellence means this is constantly supported and developed . I value this enormously as it ensures that all decisions we make are in accordance with key policies and we can draw on key advice to support this.it also means that as a small achool
we retain the benefits of being a small local community, but we have an extensive staff expertise. With the range of schools across the trust we can also be sure we are offering good standards that are moderatesd widely beyond our own front door.
This work is challenging and means that I often have to balance a variety of roles and my time, but never swerves me from my commitment to put our children and their educationat the heart of all I do and I know that our current staff team are equally committed.
We have some exciting developments coming up and I hope to share some of these with you very soon. It was absolutely fantastic to see so many of you at coffee and chat last week, and to have so many of you committed to FOACc this year.
We are really giving our children great role models for life.
Thankyou for all you contribute.