Characteristics of a successful School
We asked ourselves what it was that made our school so successful and judged ourselves against these questions taken from Ian Gilbert’s book Independent Thinking (2013)
Do children enjoy going there?
Do teachers enjoy working there?
Are all children challenged by the work?
Do the children develop competencies as well as grades?
Do the children learn skills as well as facts?
Are morals and values focused on and exhibited daily by all members of the school community?
Is there an inclusive atmosphere where all children are valued for who they are and what they bring?
Are key issues like bullying and other social and emotional aspects of school life discussed and addressed in a positive, open way?
Is the ability to think for themselves encouraged and developed in all children?
Does the school have a sense of fun?
Are aspects like wonder, curiosity, adventure, bravery, resilience actively encouraged and celebrated?
Are the teachers open to new ideas and keen to do things with – and not to – the learners?
Does the school keep up to date with new advances in learning and technology?
Are high expectations of the children matched by high expectations of the staff?
Is the head teacher visible?
Are children taught that being their best doesn’t have to involve being better than others?
Is the unexpected welcomed?
Do children get to think about, interact with and seek to change life outside of the school walls?
Is the school aware that learning is something that children can do at anytime, anywhere and only part of it needs to be within the school walls?
Does the school community extend beyond the school walls?
Do the lessons incorporate a variety of learning opportunities and possibilities?
Do the children have the opportunity to be responsible for something and take decisions that make a difference?
Does the lady on reception smile at visitors?
Are the results sufficient enough to allow all children to go to the next stage of their life, whatever that may be?
We answered YES to every question!