Not everyday is like this, of course. The staff body, to a person, is reflective and humble. There is a restless desire to improve, to get better at everything we do. In some areas we are just at the foothills of our understanding and the depth of practice we desire, in others we have growing expertise and the need to deepen the impact.
We know, for example, that we need to be more joined up – the four small schools within School 21 (primary, middle, secondary and Sixth) are distinct and have developed their own culture but the through line between them, the common threads could be stronger – particularly for the teachers who teach across more than one school and for the students on their journey with us. We know too that the expectations on teachers to teach ‘head, heart and hand’ – are often daunting and hard to do well. The leadership challenge has always been to bring together experienced and new teachers, a range of creative ideas and programmes, and the strong opinions of passionate staff into a powerful sense of direction.