Christmas and New Year are traditionally times to reflect on the past and look forward to what the future holds in store.
My first term at George Spencer Academy has been exciting and extremely rewarding. I am very proud of our pupils. They are outward facing, realising the decisions they make now affects their future happiness and prosperity. All of our pupils have been actively involved in discussing what it is that unites us, with November seeing the launch of our Core Values under our new strap line of ‘Ethos of Excellence’ as well as updating our school logo to represent unity with a clear nod to the existing design. As a school community we are driven towards achieving excellence in all that we do and I regularly see so many of our pupils going the extra mile to support not only their friends and classmates but our staff and the wider community we live in.
Children face a number of challenges today that in many respects are unique to their generation and I hope that you can see that we try to provide all our pupils with the support, skills and challenge needed in order for them to have the best chance possible of having safe, happy and successful lives. This involves putting equal emphasis on academic rigour, well-being and high expectations. Our website hosts our key policies, including our updated Behaviour Policy which is aligned with our new classroom systems. These have proven very successful so far this academic year, with over 31,000 positive rewards being issued so far to our pupils by staff. Please familiarise yourself with our policies and practice through our website.
The high expectations we have of our pupils isn’t solely about building positive behaviours it is also about creating lifelong learners. We need men and women who will make a difference in their communities and the lives of others. Whether it is preparing pupils for academic success or supporting them in community works, sport or the arts we will always make sure that we do all we can to allow our pupils to be excellent. To quote Aristotle “Excellence is not an act it is a habit”. If you ever feel something hasn’t gone right, or we could have done something better please make your complaint in writing to me at the academy and I will work with you to resolve your concerns.
May I wish you a peaceful and joyful Christmas. We will look forward to the New Year with optimism built on a foundation of hard work and determination to be the best people we can possibly be.