For me personally, this experience was really eye opening and it introduced me to a whole new side of the school I had never even comprehended. My morning started off with a briefing with the teachers where other teachers replaced by students also gave their announcements. Then the Head of Secondary and I went on a learning circle; this was where we walked around the school, assessing quality and asking students in class what they liked and disliked about the class. I got the opportunity to see many of my peers teaching classes in subjects such as Maths and Science. Quality and maintaining a high standard was a crucial aspect of my next task as Principal. The Head of Secondary and the Heads of Primary and I were given the job of ranking our school on a scale of 1-4 for various quality standards. Specifically we looked at the relationships we have with parents and community partners.
The Head of Finance and I were given the task to propose new ideas that we believed would improve the canteen and library in the future. We also looked for student and teacher input and received a lot of helpful suggestions and ideas from the Year 11s and a couple of teachers; this feedback really helped strengthen our proposals.
Finally, my last job of the day was a Skype call with Mark Orrow-Whiting from Oxford University who is in charge of Global Campus and looks over many Nord Anglia schools, including ours. We had a long discussion about our school’s student leadership opportunities, pillar leaders, community partners and their interaction with KS3 and KS4.
This experience was absolutely amazing and I would love to see this event happen again next year and see just as many students as this year get involved!
Acting Principal for World Children's Day