A privilege of my job

One of the privileges of my job is to be afforded the opportunity to regularly walk round the school and get a snapshot of the 50 lessons that are being taught in every period of the day. From maths to music, English to engineering, PE to psychology, there is a massive variety of skills and knowledge being learnt every minute of the school day.

One of the privileges of my job is to be afforded the opportunity to regularly walk round the school and get a snapshot of the 50 lessons that are being taught in every period of the day. From maths to music, English to engineering, PE to psychology, there is a massive variety of skills and knowledge being learnt every minute of the school day. I always see classes well taught with students and teachers enjoying learning and behaving respectfully and positively.


It amazes me sometimes what inspirational places schools are; where else would you see such a diverse range of learning experiences for young people? It doesn’t stop with lessons; this week our performers for the forthcoming school show, A Night at the Musicals, have been showcasing their talents in assemblies. To see 30 students perform in front of their peers and deliver a faultless song is truly inspirational, especially as most of them 10 minutes previously have been in a lesson and will be again 10 minutes after their performance! Then, at break time today, students were selling cakes for Comic Relief, all baked by themselves and adding to the £750 or so that we collected today for that charity as part of our non-uniform day.


I sometimes think education is made more complex by the ongoing discussion about, and implementation of, new policies. The principles are very simple; you need good teachers and interested and well-behaved students leading to good learning. Little else is important!


I see it as my job to keep the external pressures away from staff and students to allow them to focus on the most important thing; the learning and achievement of each of our fantastic young people.