Looking Forward….

It has been a very busy term at Norbridge Academy and there has been many great things to reflect upon.  Our “Get up and give” theme has seen many children and adults across the school community raise lots of money for very worthy causes.  I have been delighted to see so many people work so hard in the service of others.  It has been inspiring to see so many great acheivements by so many people.

Our children have taken part in a wide variey of activities and the staff continue to strive to give the children meaningful learning experiences that are exciting too.  Children have been fortunate to have the opportunity to attend extra lessons to ensure they accelerate their progress as they move through the school year.  I have been really impressed at the attitude and determination of the children.  This will ensure they do well and become resilient, which will help them in life when things may seem challenging.

We have created the company that will mean we will continue to work on developing a Multi Academy Trust.  This will be a chance for schools that have a real focus on learning and their students to become part of a company that delivers high academic standards and an excellent curriculum for all children within it.  The values thay underpin our trust will be honesty, endeavour and integrity.  We will be looking to work with schools that are keen to be part of an organisation that upholds these standards and have a real sense of moral purpose.  In the current educational climate integrity is a key part of partnership working.

We have recently seen the school league tables published and we are placed in the top ten percent of schools in the Country in England.  I am delighted to see the children be successful and I am also grateful to the staff and governors for the work that they do to ensure our children reach their full potential.

I have enjoyed seeing the children work so hard this year and show they are committed to reaching their full potential.  I am sure we will see more success stories as we enter 2017 and I look forward to working with all members of our school community to ensure we deliver a World-Class Education for all of the learners in our school.

Have a great break and see you in 2017.

Work – Life Imbalance

I remember when I first qualified as a teacher and my friends discussing their plans to avoid being a teacher-bore.  I hadn’t really heard of the phrase before but I was reliably informed that it meant that all you ever talked about was your job.  It was essentially the art of being utterly consumed by your role.

I resolved very early in my career that I would avoid the teacher-bore issue at all costs.  This can be even more challenging as your career develops as you often find yourself mixing with teachers in your friendship groups.  It happens when we meet teacher-friends for social events or meals, the night can descend into a briefing about what has been happening with work.

I decided to make sure I had a hobby, something to do that was not connected to the day job of being a teacher or Headteacher.

Some of my hobbies include inline skating, watching ice hockey and photography.  I even did a year on hospital radio as a presenter.  That was fun but sometimes a little stressful.

I sometimes talk to teachers and other friends and they some say they don’t really have time for a hobby or anything that is just for themselves.  This is where I think things can become difficult for people in this profession, as it is so demanding and expectations are always high.  We owe ourselves some down time in order to be able to be at the peak of our performance in our day job.

I am a keen amateur photographer and this helps me wind down and concentrate on something that is not related to being a Headteacher.  What do you do to relax and how do you manage to keep a healthy work-life balance?

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A new term approaches…

It is not long now until we are back in school and it is looking great as the staff prepare classrooms for the arrival of the children.  Some changes have taken place over the summer, including the arrival of our new classrooms.  There has been a great deal of effort put in making sure they will be ready for the start of term. Here is a glimpse of the new classrooms from outside.

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Our theme this year is “A year of Endeavour.”  This will place responsibility on us to ensure that we all work as hard as we can to reach our full potential.  This theme will be seen in everything we do in our lives, not just at school.  I am looking forward to hearing your inspirational stories about what you achieve and also what you do to serve and help others.

Mr Scott deserves a mention for performing so well in his maths and English exams and we are very proud of him.  If you see him in school please congratulate him as I know he will appreciate it.  He has worked so hard to achieve so well in the tests.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays and make sure you are raring to go!