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Executive Principal’s Blog – 22nd September 2017

Executive Principal’s Blog – 22.9.17: Our School has a ‘Mind to be Kind’

I would hope by now that all your children have told you about our new school’s mantra (the title of the blog this week) which complements our additional core values – the ‘3Rs’, introduced at the start of the new academic year – Respect, Responsibility and Relationships.

Bushey Meads School has always been a friendly, safe, inclusive school, but we want to build on this and strengthen further the character of our students as we prepare them for the world beyond the school community.

In assemblies next week students will hear of one of John Wesley’s most famous sayings….

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

If we all got up in the morning and spoke these words over ourselves there is no doubt that the world would become an amazing place; we can start that process however in our tutor groups, our school, our local area…….

I watched from a distance one of our new Year 7 students struggling with his school bag and PE kit at breaktime the other day and, unfortunately, his smart water bottle fell out of his bag, onto the floor and rolled away towards the feet of a group of Year 10 students. In most schools I would not have been surprised if an ‘accidental’ kick had sent it further on its way, but it was lovely to see one of the older boys pick up the bottle and make the effort to take it back over to the Year 7 student.

Last week one of our new students handed in a tie that they had found on the way to school and the same act of kindness happened with a lost set of keys in the quad and yet another finding a Year 11 student’s mislaid pencil case; all handed in at lost property and returned to their grateful owners.

One of our exemplary Form Tutors Mrs Hanbury has encouraged all her tutees to commit to one act of kindness each and every day and then celebrated the array of ‘kindness acts’ at the end of the week with lots of reward points being awarded.

With a culture in our school like this being strengthened further, it was no surprise to hear the numerous positive comments from so many of the 1200+ visitors to our school yesterday for our Year 6 Open Evening for prospective parents. It was a great evening that celebrated everything that is good about our wonderful learning community, underpinned so powerfully by our very strong ethos and culture epitomised in our new mantra ‘Our School has a Mind to Be Kind’.

As usual don’t forget to click on the link to read about more about this week’s BMS News……..

 

Jeremy Turner

Executive Principal


Executive Principal’s Blog – 15th September 2017: Our Super School – recognised at the highest level!   New

Executive Principal’s Blog – 15.9.17: Our Super School – recognised at the highest level!

 

This week has been another busy but very fulfilling week at Bushey Meads; a week when we enjoyed receiving, not just one, but two prestigious regional and national awards, recognising our ongoing success in two key areas of school life.

Our core business remains teaching and learning and all staff in the classroom strive to showcase and share as much best practice for the benefit of all our learners. Over the past two years we have been a leading school in a national project, ‘Embedding Formative Assessment’ across all curriculum areas. We received an award from the SSAT for our work and were one of only three schools to showcase this best practice at a high profile conference in London last Friday.

It was no surprise to then hear the praise of County Councillor Mark Watkin, who visited BMS on Tuesday and wrote in our visitors’ book….

“I came as a politician with an interest in this school. I leave absolutely blown away by the quality of all I saw.”

We have a great school, made up of great staff and super students – all credit to their hugely supportive and dedicated parents and carers. I look forward to us all continuing to work together to achieve even more success for all the students in our care.

A big well done everybody for an amazing week!

Don’t forget to click on the link to read about more about this week’s BMS News……..

 

Jeremy Turner

Executive Principal


Executive Principal’s Blog – 8th September 2017: A Great Start to New Year at BMS!   New

As we start our new academic year at Bushey Meads it is a hugely exciting time; our post 16 results are again superb and this year’s GCSE results are the school’s ‘Best Ever Results’, clearly demonstrating that we are adding real value to students’ education and learning at the school.

At this time of year I would particularly like to welcome our new Year 7 students who have now completed their first week at the school at the start of their exciting journey through BMS, as well as all the new learners joining our fabulous Sixth Form.

At the start of the week it was great to see all our Year 11 students attending their all-important ‘Kick Start’ meetings as they prepare for the most important year in their academic career to date; focussing on setting really smart targets to maximise achievement in their next round of Pre-Public Examinations (PPE’s) at the end of November and their GCSEs in the summer term.

Over the summer holidays there have been a number of continued major developments to our learning environment and I would particularly like to thank our Site Manager, Richard Chambers and our hard working Site Staff and IT Team who have continued to literally transform Bushey Meads School. Over the coming weeks we will update you in our weekly newsletter published every Friday with further details of all the exciting developments around the school.

In the meantime do encourage and support your children to make a very positive start to the new academic year and ensure that all of them achieve their true potential. In line with our school motto Aspire to Achieve, I know that we can all continue to work together to make this a reality for everyone.

I would like to wish all students and staff every success for 2017 – 18. Don’t forget to click on the link to read about more about this week’s BMS News……..

Jeremy Turner
Executive Principal