My job as Headmaster is immensely varied, and the burden of responsibility for such a fine school is also a tremendous privilege. The greatest rewards, as well as the greatest challenges, always involve people – whether pupils, staff, parents, governors or other related parties. Each unique individual forms a valuable part of a strong community, of which we are all very proud. We share values which aim to mould young people for a life of high aspirations and consideration for others.
One of my roles is to encourage and to celebrate success, whilst also having the vision to set sights ambitiously higher when I believe that better or more is possible. I am supported in this by highly dedicated colleagues whose desire is to achieve the best possible outcomes for our pupils – be these outcomes academic, pastoral or extra- curricular. As a naturally positive person, I look for solutions in difficult or sad situations, in the belief that all experiences can ultimately enrich us.
When I walk around school, when I talk to pupils and staff or observe lessons or activities, I am endlessly reminded of how very fortunate we are at Bablake: we work with smashing young people with very bright futures! As I interview prospective pupils and staff, they invariably remark on two aspects of the school: the evidently high expectations and the warm and friendly atmosphere. The former is apparent in the many and varied opportunities and outstanding achievements reflected in this newsletter; the latter could not have been felt more acutely when we together faced the tragic and sudden death of Pippa Chowne at the end of last term.
In her short life, Pippa embodied those values which we so cherish in our community: an ambitious thirst for all the wonderful opportunities of life, a quiet determination to make every moment count, and a warm desire to love and support those around her.