We are constantly being bombarded in the press by the negatives surrounding the prolonged period of lockdown that we have all recently experienced. The adverse impact of school closures is particularly prominent in the news and there is the added risk that localised lockdowns could see a return to periods of remote teaching.
However, we as a school have decided to focus on the many positives that can be taken from the last 6 months and behind the scenes staff and pupils have been collaborating as we reflect on the many ways we can learn from these experiences. I am proud of how Resilient and Flexible pupils and staff have been, not to mention the Ambition that everyone showed as we found ways to maintain our incredibly broad and balanced curriculum despite the most adverse of conditions!
Many years ago at the start of my teaching career, I went to the Headteacher to ask whether we could make a change to the school day as I felt that it would benefit the pupils - he told me that it would have to go through a process and when he saw my disappointment he reminded me that...
Schools are like oil tankers, it takes an extraordinary amount of energy to move the rudder and it'll take 5 miles before you notice a change in direction!
...I am delighted that Orley Farm has never held this outlook! Recent events have simply confirmed to me the need for schools to be agile, flexible, adaptive and responsive if they are to harness the opportunities that are presenting themselves today in the middle of this storm, after all, we expect this in our day to day lessons!