What a privilege it is to teach at a school where things are done properly and learning really happens. I got to know the school well when my grandsons started here in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Even back then I was hugely impressed and soon got involved in the room parent programme – something I’d never heard of in this country before. I had just resigned from full time teaching and so it was great to have the opportunity to sometimes come if for relief teaching too and I always enjoyed it. This is a school where every little person is made to feel special and where everything is done to make sure he or she is happy. There are systems in the school that work and there is always something happening. The children are well catered for and the teachers are kept on their toes – there is never a moment to become complacent – there is always something new to learn.
Last week our special school underwent a gruelling full assessment by a panel of experts who were there to dig deep, to find our strong and weak points and to give help and advice on how we could improve. Everybody from to executive team to the estate staff to parents to children were questioned and inspected to a greater or lesser degree. No stone was left unturned. So when we had our feedback on Thursday afternoon and received the amazing news that we had a perfect score you can imagine the enormous boost to our morale. We have a really wonderful leader and it was great to have him validated by the Department of Education. Thanks to my colleagues who were randomly chosen to have the investigators in their classrooms – you guys are awesome!