I passionately believe that three key concepts make a school outstanding. Firstly, all students need an environment and opportunity to achieve regardless of their ability and background. This achievement not only needs to be reflected and celebrated through academic routes, but also reflected in the ‘hidden curriculum’ from which the students experience so many enriching experiences that help shape their lives.
Secondly an outstanding school needs to consider the ‘community’ that it serves. A school serves a whole host of stakeholders (students, staff, parents, other educational based establishments, community leaders, businesses etc) and an outstanding school will provide provision and support to all of these groups. Finally, an outstanding school will consider the development of its most valuable assets – its staff. Key investment in staff development is vital to ensure it delivers an outstanding experience for everybody that it comes into contact with. Quite simply, I enjoy working at Haywood Academy as it lives and breathes these three concepts every day.