Athersley North Primary, Birdwell Primary School, Birkwood Primary, Birley Spa Primary, Carrfield Primary Academy, Cobblers Lane Primary, Darton College, Darton Primary School, Greenfield Primary School, Heathergarth Primary, Horizon Community College, Hoyland Common, Lacewood Primary School, Longley Primary School, Mapplewell Primary School, Middlethorpe Primary, Mundella Primary School, Penistone St John the Baptist, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Springwell Community School, Thurgoland C E School, Ward Green Primary, Wellgate Primary School, Wilthorpe Primary School, St James School and St Helens Primary.
What a joyous day! So many people and many of them already Twits! Have a look at the hashtag #ICT2Inspire, on Twitter, to see some of the thoughts through the day.
Thank you to Steve Iredale, head teacher at Athersley South for hosting our days in Barnsley. Steve is the President of the NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers):
Athersley South is a special place where learning really is fun!
We are one of those many schools serving a challenging community that seems to be continually battered by flawed policies from a succession of governments who have lost their way! Yet somehow, despite the seemingly never ending pressures and goal post moving, our school has gone from strength to strength over the last few exciting years.
So what has made us what we are? We have a strong culture of team work, leadership at all levels and a belief that everyone can do. We want everyone at Athersley South to be real learners, to be willing to experiment and take risks looking for new ways to inspire and enthuse. Of course we also ‘play the game’, when we have to although we are good at using our rules! We certainly don’t always get it right and always have things to learn!
It’s the responsibility of everyone in our school to focus on the things that really do matter and provide that spark of creativity which lights the flame for every single one of our children. They are the salt of the earth and deserve the very best learning opportunities and experiences which will give them the confidence to go into the world and do great things. It is that which drives us all.
We are proud of the high expectations we set ourselves and our children and of course focus on outcomes, particularly in terms of progress, but we pride ourselves equally in the many so important things in a child’s life that are not measurable. How to be part of a community, to respect the views of others, to be caring, to be reflective, developing self control and having the confidence to stand up for what is right.
The job is never complete. Like all schools we are always anxious to improve, to find better solutions together and to move to the next level in our development. It’s that constant desire to reflect and analyse which has made Athersley South the school it is!
Thank you Steve. You have right to be very proud of your school, and your colleagues, and of the visiting staff today. We really enjoyed our day, and are really looking forward to tomorrow, when we go wandering in the world of words, with your children.
Category: 1) Events and Training days