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Week 24 - Friday 19 March 2021

The success of a school or college is based heavily on the quality of its relationships. That is essentially what a school is all about – relationships. I strongly believe that learning can only really flourish alongside the fundamental aim of developing positive relationships. Without excellent relationships learning will always be compromised.  

But it’s not just about the relationships between students and teachers that count, if we forget about parents then we miss out an important part of the jigsaw. The most successful relationships are built on positive communication.  Research shows that for every negative comment there were five positive ones exchanged in a happy relationship. So, take those opportunities to speak to your children and praise them for the many successes that they achieve throughout the week. These don’t have to be huge milestones like achieving high grades in assessments, it could be as simple as praising your child for attending school every day with a smile on their face, for preparing their uniform and school bag independently, or for completing homework tasks without moaning (I have yet to be able to do the this with my own children regarding homework!!)

Most people are not mind readers. This means if we want or need something from someone else, we have to be clear and let them know what it is we are asking for. Assertiveness is not about being aggressive, it’s about communicating clearly and explaining what you are happy with doing or not doing. We as adults should always have the ability to listen to both sides of any story and come up with solutions that best support our students, your children.

There’s an old adage that goes, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It reminds us that life can be really harsh and unfair sometimes and we never really know what is going on for someone at any point in their life. Never more so has this been so relevant than in these covid pandemic times. So, when your child’s behaviour is less than ideal, and I contact you to inform you of this behaviour, be sure to understand that my contact is always, without question, from a supportive measure. If we as adults work together, to build positive relationships and positive communication channels, the biggest beneficiaries of this will be our students. By supporting each other we will provide a safe learning environment, a fair learning environment and a structured learning environment that will ensure that your child is able to mature and develop into a positive member of our school community

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 8

Mrs Newman 

Assistant Head of Year 8