A school is more than just a place where students come to learn. It is also a place where a community develops and thrives. It is a place where we come together to support each other achieve whether it is in the classroom learning, on the sports field competing or on the stage performing, we know that success comes from us all working together.
Student progress will always remain a key priority because outcomes so often dictate future pathways and opportunities for young people. At Hove Park, we are currently exploring how learning will look in the future. Having been again judged by Ofsted as a ‘good’ school, this is great opportunity to reflect on the structures and routines that we expect to see in every lesson. Exploring the way we teach ensures we continue to drive improvement and supports our ambition to be ‘outstanding’ at our next inspection.
Our designation as a Teaching School and recognition as an Apple Distinguished School provides significant opportunities to drive educational standards forward - both at Hove Park but also within our community and beyond. Student leadership is part of this theme and our newly-formed Pupil Parliament will have an increasingly important role in representing the views of our students and providing a structured opportunity for students to shape the school in the future.
The final part of my vision for our school relates very much about the school experience each and every student will have. It is about identifying the skills, values and attributes that we believe students should develop during their time with us and the things they will see, hear, try and explore at KS3, KS4 and KS5.
This is still emerging but I want to describe the types of activities, experiences and opportunities that will enrich our pupils’ time with us. In the same way the National Trust produced a list of ‘Things you should do by 11 ¾’, I would like to be able to present a similar structure of expectations that we can develop over time to ensure all students benefit from the huge range of curriculum and enrichment activities on offer throughout the year. In thinking about our curriculum, we need to regularly reflect on its content to ensure it prepares students for the future. Our new Learning for Life lessons that will be part of every student’s timetable from September 2017. This will support the themes I have described in terms of developing values and skills and will ensure that every student has a key adult in school who knows them really well.
It is an exciting time to be part of Hove Park School as we look to shape our future and the way we support all students to achieve.