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A time to reflect

Posted on: 02 Jul 2018 by Weston Green School

Welcome to the final newsletter of the term, of the year and, indeed, of my time as Head. Each term and year brings its own joys and achievements - and none more so than this one, with so much success academically, artistically, musically and in regional and national sporting competitions. In short, we see children revelling in all their own personal accomplishments, with every individual child ready to embrace their own next step as we peek beyond the summer into a new school year. How has that been achieved?

Four years ago, we wanted to grow the experience and inspirational provision for the older children, whilst retaining that special nurturing feel for the younger ones which gives them such a superb foundation for development. In order to deliver the best, we needed to develop the site. Since then, the astro has been laid, the new building erected and the outdoor area built. More importantly, a culture has grown around the 3-11 age group which now means that children here have the most wonderfully varied and engaging experience, weekly and termly: Forest School work has developed, attending residentials in Key Stage 2 is the norm, participating in and winning through regional sporting tournaments is a real hope, even expectation, children taking increasing ownership of their learning is a key feature, impressive art portfolios are being developed and children’s characters are being forged through the Learner Profile and Endeavour Awards.

You can view our School Developments timeline here, for a reminder of some of the key developments in recent years. 

When thinking back over a year or longer and thinking about ‘development’, it is easy to focus on buildings. However, what is much more important is the work and encouragement going on inside those buildings. Here, we have made significant progress, developing our own teaching practice and nurturing alert, incisive, engaged minds through constant appropriate challenge.

As we stand on the brink of another year, it is good to reflect on where we have come from in the last four years; to measure that, should you wish to, then spending a few minutes here, watching the children flourish in their learning and relationships, would suffice to know the school itself is ready for its next step into the new school year.

Mr. Harrison

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