Will it be Joey, Kian or Amy? Mo, Rebecca or Alfonso? It looks like it's going to be Natalie or Abbie dancing their way to the coveted title. On the X-Factor we are getting to the final stages where we await the next Simon Cowell money-maker. You may have seen that Mr.Cowell hit the headlines last week when he claimed that you don't have to work hard at school to be successful but instead all you need is a bit of luck. This, in turn, angered Education Secretary Michael Gove MP, who used his column in the Mail on Sunday to promote the likes of Sir Christopher Stone as preferred role models for our youth ( yes, our own Sir Chris really did appear in the same article as Simon Cowell!)
The truth, of course, is, in part, that Mr.Cowell is correct. In some walks of life you do need to be in the ‘right place at the right time'. Not everyone, however, wants to be a footballer's wife, on the front page of ‘Hello' magazine or eating cockroaches in the jungle! Like Mr Gove, we believe it is important to work hard. Working hard though is not just about learning knowledge by rote; it is about developing skills that will serve us well in later life. Good communication, having resilience, demonstrating reciprocity, effective collaboration, being resourceful and reflective are valuable attributes that employers are crying out for. The argument is that nationally, too many young people might have good qualifications, but lack common sense. Arthur Terry continues to provide a personalised curriculum that develops the whole child; a curriculum that builds on the excellent work of our partner primary schools and a curriculum that allows everyone to achieve. We value our academic record but equally we are keen to celebrate the outstanding pastoral guidance given to our students through our vertical tutoring system and extensive support networks. Not everything can or should be judged through league tables, but when it comes to doing the right things for the right reasons, we know that our students will be served well. Our student body are involved in a range of activities at the moment with an ever-packed calendar that allows them to fully engage with their studies, their skills, their hobbies and their community. Some of them, we are sure, will still find time to keep their eyes on what's going on in ‘Celebrity Land'.
Talking of celebrities, we're going to use our voting powers to support Mere Green Primary School in Free Radio's Christmas Star competition. They really are stars who are benefiting from the hard work, support and encouragement given by their excellent teachers and parents. As for the jungle, our money is on Kian; X Factor has to be Sam Bailey and as for Strictly - Natalie from Corrie seems a popular choice though our personal favourite was the hairy biker! We hope to see many of you at one of our forthcoming events over the coming weeks.