13 July 2016
Message from the Head - St Birinus Values
The discussion around the values of St Birinus School has been proceeding over the last couple of weeks with contributions from students, parents and staff. The results of the consultation will be published in September but I thought it would be useful to provide some flavour of the discussions which have been informative, insightful and interesting.
A reminder that the wordle above was used to stimulate discussion through considering the relevance – in rank order – of the words listed and whether any other terms were appropriate to be added.
For parents it was clear that a key priority for their children’s school experience is that they are happy. Linked to this was the sense that they are part of a community – they placed a particular emphasis on strong relationships, the celebration of achievement and the role of extra-curricular activities in developing the potential of young people.
Students aspire to be part of a community – friendship is important – and they want to feel safe in school with a particular emphasis on fairness. Complementing fairness for them is the importance of tolerance; they felt that understanding is too broad a term but that tolerance of each other should be expressed as a core value of the school.
For staff, progress, potential and resilience are very important. Progress and potential are entwined and reflect teachers’ aspiration for each and every child to achieve regardless of ability or aptitude. Resilience is about the ability to deal with knock-backs, keep trying and always be positive.
The process thus far has been fascinating and very much an affirmation of the clear, distinctive ethos of St Birinus. I would still welcome any other thoughts from members of the school community before the end of term as we prepare for the next academic year. I look forward to hearing from you.
John Marston, Headteacher
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