05 Jul

Getting ready for our new school year

On Friday the staff at our school took some time on an INSET day.

The other week, I wrote about the children being at a point in their lives; looking forward and looking backwards at the same time. Our INSET opportunity allowed us, as professionals, to do something very similar. We looked back to the year that has just finished; having made some real progress and having said goodbye to some of our pupils. Equally we look forward to the coming year with some anticipation and some excitement. We have a couple of weeks to go until the summer break but will use those two weeks to make a great start with all of our pupils, whatever year group they may be in, but especially with our new year sevens.

The INSET day prompted my thinking about the most important resource that the school can have; that is its staff body. Whatever resources we have got beyond people are only as good as the people who employ those resources. The relationships between staff and pupils and staff colleagues with each other is the most important factor when considering how great a school could become.

I know that we may not always get it right, either individually or collectively, but everything we do at Oakwood High School is done with a good heart and in the best in the interests of children and adults. Not everybody sees that. Some people may choose to ignore, for their own purposes, how we work and what our intentions are but it does not detract from the culture that we have created in this school. It is a culture of care and it is a culture of support. It is a culture which cares and supports children. It is a culture which cares, supports and looks out for each and every adult that works in the institution. I am very proud of that. I’m very proud to be associated with such a caring, hard-working, committed and professional staff body.

As we reflect on the year completed and look on into the year ahead we can be quietly proud of, not only what we have achieved, but also how we work together.

‘Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.' A. P. J. Abdul