School life has been a bit of a journey for everyone over the past four years; here at Glade the children and adults have been thinking and talking about why our school is such a special place to be.
The children and adults at Glade make it a special place to be. We create a fun, safe and nurturing environment throughout the school for all children to learn and strive to do their best every day. We build strong relationships with pupils and families; we are invested in them…the children know that we have their best interests at heart. The children see the strong, supportive relationships we have as a staff and this provides them with a blueprint that they can aspire to. They feel part of a community. It's fun! The children see us having fun and want to be part of that positive, working environment. We spot when children are not "right" and do something about it…we have time for them. We celebrate all their achievements, no matter how small…we are inclusive, and we obviously care about our children as people, not just pupils. They are valued for being them.
Working here is special. You get to work with a great team of happy and enthusiastic people who go above and beyond to help not only the children but also each other to be the best versions of themselves that they possibly can be. We love the supportive atmosphere that Glade has developed over the past 3 years. It's OK to not be super human; we all recognise that we are doing our best, and we are all pulling in the same direction with the focus being on the children.
There has been a noticeable change over the past three years…a positive one. Everyone is enthusiastic about learning, and it shows in the quality of work, the environment around school and the attitude of all. The biggest changes have been in the way children are valued, listened to and understood; also encouraging and facilitating the children to take appropriate amounts of responsibility for their own safety, learning and self-improvement.
Our biggest challenges have been Covid and shaking off the shadows of the past. It has been an uphill battle, but we are winning the war! There is a different feel around Glade now.
Our biggest strengths are that we put our children at the centre of everything we do, our staff team is supportive and there’s an understanding atmosphere. We want and expect the best for everyone, and from everyone.
We allow everyone, adults and children, to have a voice and to be valued as an important part of Team Glade.
“We are a team and we work as one.”
(Team Glade, March 2022)