Vision and Ethos
At Friesland, every child really does matter and we have high expectations of all our students. We believe that if students aim high, work hard work and receive outstanding teaching, they should achieve high. Friesland School is a place of learning, where the progress of our students is at the forefront of everything we do. Lessons will be planned and structured so that there is no ceiling to the achievement of the young people under our care. Consistency of experience is key. The pupils should experience a diet of good or better teaching throughout each day at school. Every student has the right to be successful. As a school we judge ourselves by the successful progress our students make and the results they achieve, across all students and key groups.
We believe in the potential of all our students and as staff we will strive constantly to help them achieve it. We believe in the importance of academic achievement but also value highly the personal and social education of all students. Underpinning everything we do is our core purpose of learning and teaching.
My vision is to turn Friesland from a good school into an outstanding one. Our current OFSTED judgement from May 2015 is ‘good’. We are currently living in a period of great educational change with new tougher specifications and accountability measures at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. We are striving on a daily basis to consolidate our ‘good’ judgement whilst always maintaining our aspiration to become an ‘outstanding’ school.
I believe the vision can be achieved by maintaining the school’s traditional values and reputation that count for so much in the community. At the same time we must ensure that we meet the needs of all our students. This means that we must constantly refine and develop a curriculum that matches the right courses to the right students and one that offers progression routes allowing success for all. It must be a curriculum that is both innovative and engages all our learners. Students must both enjoy and be challenged by their learning. This requires strong strategic leadership from the Headteacher working with the Governing Body and Leadership Group to develop a fantastic team of talented staff and students.