After our successful Ofsted in September when Homewood gained judgements of “Good” in every category, we discussed our ambition to be Outstanding at the next inspection and, beyond that, to be “world class” - an aspiration set out in our vision statement.
Change is a way of life in schools. We are all striving to improve what we provide for students to ensure that they leave school with the best possible qualifications and personally equipped for their future lives. But with the world changing so rapidly – changing job market, changing technology, changing economy, changing world situation – we have to change the way we structure our schools and support our students to achieve the most relevant personal skills and qualifications. Sometimes, the necessary changes are fairly obvious.
Who would think that the birth of a calf would cause such a stir? But the latest addition to Homewood’s Farm, Maybel’s calf Sally, has done just that. For a start, she is the first calf born on the Farm for seven years, so she is living evidence of the fact that our Farm is thriving, which is great news. Secondly, she is beautiful! I went down to see her the day after she was born and she captivated me immediately.
Homewood Interact Cycle ride in aid of the Caldecott Foundation is promising to be a fantastic day out. The Sun is forecast to be shining and the routes (22 mile and 6 mile) will be marshalled, together with signs to direct participants. There will even be a rescue crew on hand in case of punctures. You can park your car on the REDGRA and enter on the day in our Sports Hall (if you have not already signed up). £5 per person or £20 for a family of five.
Future First is a charity that helps schools and colleges stay in touch with their students after they leave. Signing up to the Network will allow you to keep up to date with news from your school. This requires no action from you - it simply means you will receive updates every now and then that keep you in the loop as to what is going on. Even after you’ve left, school can provide opportunities to learn new skills and maybe get the job you want.
One of the many things which makes Homewood a very rewarding place to work is the very strong connections which have built up between the school and the local and wider community. I have talked before about the strength which I believe comes from collaboration with others. Homewood has a huge network of connections and partnerships which allows students to contribute to their community and to receive support and opportunities themselves from those partnerships.