14 May

The 5Rs + 5

At the end of a shorter week I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work. Even though it has been a four day week we have all, no doubt, had to squeeze in five days of work.

If I look at this four week half term there are no doubts that we’ll all have to squeeze in seven weeks work. Such is the way of it. There are a number of things that have taken place this week which got me thinking again about our 5Rs. We frame our work with children around those 5Rs: Respect, Reflection, Resourcefulness, Responsibility and Resilience. We took the opportunity on Thursday evening at the Oakwood Awards Evening to celebrate all of those children who get it right, day in and day out. They exhibit, on a daily basis, the characteristics of a pupil highly motivated by those 5Rs. Can I add few more Rs to the list? - just for this week.

To start; How about Recognition and Reward? At the Oakwood Awards Evening we took time to Recognise the achievement of a significant number of children. Children who come into school every single day, on time, wearing the uniform and willing and able to make a massive contribution to the workings of the school. Some of those children were Rewarded for their contributions. We say congratulations to those children and thank you all the staff, parents and carers who have helped and supported them along the way.

In addition, I have been thinking this week about an eighth R. We know that many of our children and wider community are fasting, as it is the holy month of Ramadan. This is an important month in the Islamic calendar. This period is an annual opportunity for Muslims, the world over, to take time to reflect upon their faith and what their faith means to them. I admire the ability to reflect and then be resilient over this challenging period. Our children, who are fasting, have shown a significant amount of that resilience this week and will need to evidence that further in the coming weeks to prior to Eid ul Fitr.

We have also been thinking this week about a ninth R: Revision. All of our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils have exams starting next week. For our Year 10 they will be sitting there GCSE English Literature papers a year early. This is as a consequence of their commitment to their studies and they have been able to evidence that they have been able to make significant progress in the subject over the past couple of years. I wish them the best of luck. We also have our Year 11 starting their final GCSE exams on Monday. After five years of hard work the time is now upon them. They have been working terrifically hard over the last few months and the overwhelming majority are ready and prepared for the exams season. There is still time for them all to engage in further revision over the weekend.

And finally, our tenth R: Reputation. It seems quite evident to me that the reputation of the school continues to grow. When I talk to friends and colleagues, out in the wider community, I hear so often how popular the school is and how confident our friends and colleagues are in the diet we offer and the work we undertake with our pupils. That reputation is hard won and we should be very proud of what we have done over the past few years. However, reputations can be easily lost. We will continue to concentrate on doing what we know is right and proper. We will continue to be committed to ensuring that all of our children get the very best educational experiences.

It’s been quite an intense week but we can be confident in the knowledge that we have ended the week and strong as we started it.

‘You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do’ Henry Ford

‘It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.' Benjamin Franklyn

Everything that we achieve we achieve together.