Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end
by Richard Gill and Neil Warner
Headteachers, Arthur Terry School
Our partner primary schools received their KS2 SATs results last week and there were some excellent results. We congratulate the young people and staff. You may have seen the Headteacher from Barrowford Primary School, Lancashire on the evening news. She has sent letters home to her Year 6 students which include their SATs results. She thanks them for their hard work and commitment but then goes on to say, ‘We are concerned that these tests do not assess all of what it is that makes each of you special and unique.’ The letter continues to list all the special qualities that we see in young people every day before finishing with, ‘So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.’
Schools are judged in the current educational landscape through the use of league tables which only measure academic performance. Yet, schools are much more than this. Not every young person is going to achieve five GCSEs including English and Maths; the success of some is not recognised or celebrated at all by such tables. The Headteacher at Barrowford is quoted as being ‘amazed’ at the reaction she has received yet she is right, in our view, to recognise qualities that will never be captured in any league table. The person who can speak two languages is important; the person who can play a musical instrument should be valued; the good friend; the dancer; the artist; the one who has to care for their little brother and sister; those who’d prefer to spend time with their elderly Grandparents than friends because they are old and need companionship … you will find these, and others, in every school. Such qualities make a school the special places they are.
As we come to the end of the year, we look forward to an exciting (hopefully warm) summer. Thank you for the excellent support we receive from all of our parents and carers. To our neighbours and community partners, thank you for your loyalty and your friendship. To our Governors, teachers and non-teaching staff, thank you for your tireless commitment and hard work. A special thank you to our wonderful students; working with young people is not a job but a privilege. We wish every one of you a very happy holiday.
There may be trepidation and nerves about the new school year. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end and we are certain that through our home/school partnerships, our effective school support systems and our curricular focus on developing the whole child, exciting and successful times really are ahead for everyone.
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