The school leagues tables were published on Friday, with the top ten schools in each local authority being published both on-line and in many of the national papers. It was lovely to see Fordcombe ranked in amongst the top schools in the county, reflecting the hard work that has gone on at school pastorally and academically to develop the children in our care.
The league position reflects all the effort that all Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Lunchtime Supervisors, Governors, Volunteer Readers & Library Assistants, Volunteer Club Leaders and Parent Helpers have put in at school with these young people, both in terms of ensuring that they are progressing in reading, writing and mathematics, as well as ensuring that they are developing as leaders and are undertaking a wide range of other experiences in and around school. The league position also reflects the partnership that comes hand-in-hand with parents, supporting the work of the school. The residential field trip to Carroty Wood was a perfect example of how the children had matured, grown up and were ready to leave us in July for their respective secondary schools – all with the social and academic skills to thrive in their next steps.
League tables ranking schools or hospitals are something that you may agree with of disagree with. Do they drive up standards or promote competition with establishments that should be working more collaboratively? However you look at the arguments for and against, it is lovely when you are at the top of them.