It’s been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything here – this has largely been due to the run-up to our SIAMS inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) which took place last Thursday. The result is still confidential, but we are really pleased with the outcome, and feel that it is a vindication of all the work we have done to embed and deepen the life of Jesus into our school and into our relationships within the school. And it was thorough – we did feel at times as though we were crawling around in a petri dish under 40x magnification! Knowing the companionship of each other and of the Holy Spirit was really important on the day, so that we were able to live out what we believed, not just meet the requirements of an inspection schedule.
Thursday’s inspection did force us to stop and look at the glory of what has been achieved. We can easily, in schools, stop looking at the amazing, and instead just focus on the gap between what we have achieved and what we desired. Staying optimistic can be hard, especially when it comes to assessment or pupil progress. Some of the things said in the feedback were moving and insightful, giving us the confidence that things we had worked hard to achieve, but which were more “felt” than observed, could in fact be seen and noticed to an inspectorial eye. I will say more once the result is out, in a couple of weeks, hopefully, and certainly before the end of term, but the outcome represents for me personally one of the strong intentions I had for the school this year.