Principal’s Blog, Students deserve much more than exam grades, Friday 5th April 2019

One of the best things about teaching is reflecting on how individual students grow in character, confidence and creativity while they are in your care. As they leave you feel a strange mix of pride and sadness, knowing you will miss them, while also being warmed in the knowledge that you have done all you can to prepare them for their next steps.

The Y11 and 13 classes of 2019 have had a slightly different Hazeley experience to previous years. We have focused much more on helping develop their skills and attitudes, focusing less directly on exam outcomes. Staff have also worked hard to support student’s mental well-being by increasing our emphasis on developing healthier lifestyles and positive approaches to problems solving.

As we approach the Easter break I am confident that students are more independent and resilient, they have greater clarity on their next steps and importantly they appear happier, although I think few would refer to the run up to exams as joyous!

Of course we won’t know until late summer how their actions translate into exam outcomes, but we have every reason to be hopeful. We are certain that they are turning into young adults full of character, confidence and creativity, well equipped to not just succeed, but to also enjoy the next steps of their journey taking on a positive role in their community.

That is what Hazeley is about.

Mr Nelson