Principal’s Blog, 15th June 2018 – Thank you for helping to make the Hazeley Academy a great place to work!

Three years ago the staff and governors at Hazeley set themselves a challenge:

“At Hazeley the students would not only enjoy a great rounded education leading to impressive examination results, but that it would also be the very best place for staff to work and that this will be done through collaboration”

These are obviously interconnected – staff who work collaboratively tend to be happier and students who are taught by happy staff (focussed on developing young people as rounded individuals) generally achieve higher examination outcomes. This is a great example of a virtuous circle.

Last month almost 120 of our staff completed a detailed and anonymous externally organised staff survey. The results  were truly outstanding; in every area staff reported very positively. The outcomes look even more impressive when compared to other schools nationally. The analyst from Kirkland and Rowell described the results as “amongst the best if not the very best he had ever seen”.

Some highlights included:

  • Overall sense of common purpose
  • School discipline
  • Staff morale
  • Developing moral values
  • Safety

Even our areas of relative weakness were 10% or more above the “average” for schools in England and placed firmly in the “Good” category. Reassuringly all of these are already priorities in our improvement plan.

Parents and carers play a large role in creating this great ethos. Positively engaging with the school, being open and solution focussed with your concerns, sharing some moments of praise all make a big difference to the staff.

Ensuring your child arrives on time, with homework complete, in a smart uniform with high expectations of themselves does not just give your child an advantage, it contributes to our overall ethos.

We will share the detailed responses at the Parent Voice session on 5th July – please look out for your school comms invitation.

Thank you for your role in making Hazeley a very special community to be part of. Our community will continue to grow and develop through our focus on collaboration; it truly is an exciting time to be part of Hazeley!

Mr Nelson

ZTN photo Nelson