Some reflections on having been in my permanent post for a month.
That’s it. No more Acting.
No more imposter syndrome.
No more making excuses.
I am here.
It is different to before. I feel a little more empowered and a lot more privileged to have been chosen to be doing what I am for real.
But some things are no different. My vision. My aspirations. My optimism and passionate desire to make every child and adult in our school community achieve the absolute best they can.
I have been reflecting and looking back over the things I said I wanted to be and achieve as a school leader and I am glad to say that they have not changed:
Everyone must be willing to self-reflect and learn.
We don’t shout at others.
We all get things wrong and need to be able to apologise when we do.
We are all human and being in a position of authority does not mean you are better than anyone else.
Everyone needs to take time to see the reality of a situation and not fall into making judgements based on half-truths, prejudice or stereotypes.
Everyone is worthy of love.
These non-negotiables were arrived at after working in a number of settings over many years but I would assert that they are absolutely essential in any successful school.
And they are still what I hold true to.
My job is the best job in the world.