I’m pleased that you’ve clicked on this page to see what the head teacher has to say about Brockhurst Primary School. I hope this is one of many minutes you’re spending, looking through the web site to see how we serve the families that have chosen us to part-educate their children. I say, ‘part’, because I believe that parents are the primary, key, main, most important educators of their children. We are a skilful team that is keen to play a part, alongside parents. We do this very well.
It is normal for every child in our school to see and hear the common language of ‘respect’, ‘resilience’, ‘resourcefulness’, reflection’ and’ reciprocity’. In fact, the parents and visitors who visit our school routinely comment on how respectful the children are, how calm and purposeful the children are and how the culture of ‘respect’ is clear to see-and feel” I am convinced that children like to become more independent as people and the use of the ‘R’s’, as we call them, is the way it works at Brockhurst. I am very aware also, that parents can see the growth in their children and experience a mixture of emotions as this happens; pride at their child ‘growing up’ and perhaps a little awkwardness at their child not needing them in the same way anymore. The staff understand this, not least because many of us are parents too.
I am very much of the opinion that children are in a society where they are exposed to all sorts of things that previous generations were protected from, and that are not always in the best interest of children. I know that parents and staff think similarly. This in itself justifies our core belief that the growth of the ‘R’s is a crucial tool for children for them to survive and thrive, and at Brockhurst we spend a lot of time and energy ensuring it happens in a caring and gentle way. We teach the ‘promotion of alternative thinking strategies’ (Paths) so that children will thrive not only in today’s world but to learn, grow and cope in the ever changing Britain and the world of the future, keeping themselves safe as they go. The continual quest for teaching staff to educate children in the curriculum that is more traditionally associated with schools, like English, maths, PE and Geography etc, is also central to what we are doing. Staff are continually reflecting on how effective they are and adapt ways to suit the children-both as a group and as individuals. Making little changes to suit individuals is a big part of what we do and what is appreciated by children and their parents alike.
The children who left year 6 last year, did so as rounded citizens with improved curriculum skills such as reading, writing and maths, to a standard even greater than the previous cohort. The current children in year 6 are determined to outshine even this. I see this as yet another example of how each of us, young and not so young, strive to improve ourselves each year, learning and growing along the way.
The children illustrated the incredible resilience within themselves. The skill and resilience of the staff shone through. The relationships and teamwork of their parents and the staff made sure that although they were a single group, they were in fact young children with individual talents, interests and needs which were met.
This successful growth in citizenship and learning was replicated for each child in each class last year. This is our daily mission-to get to know, understand and care for each child as an individual so that they thrive. It is why we can say ‘the child is at the centre of all that we do’ and why we are proud to be employed to serve the Brockhurst Primary School community.
I have written this letter to offer you my perspective and would be pleased if you can read it alongside the other information you can glean from the photos and text elsewhere on the school web site, including the monthly newsletter I write.
With my best wishes,
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