Dear All,

With this being my first blog as Principal of St Edwards Academy Leek I thought I would start as I mean to go on. I took this post in faith and wish to lead the school alongside the Governors, senior team, staff, students using the example of Jesus and his teaching as our guide. The bible quote that has supported my thinking this week and I have provided to the whole school in my first assembly was:

“But with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:6.

I honestly believe that with this in mind and as a foundation, St Edward’s can go from strength to strength. This does not mean that there is not a deal of work to be done with our students preparing for SATs and to meet the continual changes in the education sector however I have felt inspired this week by the warm welcome I have received from every stakeholder I have met.

Within school this week we have celebrated sporting wins in both rubgy and hockey and I congratulate the students for their efforts here.

Our French trip parents evening took place and all the exciting and educational elements of this excursion were discussed alongside the necessary organisational elements and on Friday night was lucky enough to experience the dance moves of the current Year 8 at their Academy disco. I would like to offer personal thanks for the ladies of the Parents Association for arranging and running this event. Volunteers to join the Parents Association would be warmly welcomed and a meeting is being held in the coming weeks. For further information on this please contact the school office.

So to sign off my first Principals blog I thought I would leave you with a quote from one of my heroes Sir Ernest Shackleton  the great explorer.

“Life to me is the greatest of all games. The danger lies in treating it as a trivial game, a game to be taken lightly, and a game in which the rules don’t matter much. The rules matter a great deal. The game has to be played fairly or it is no game at all. And even to win the game is not the chief end. The chief end is to win it honourably and splendidly.”

God Bless,

Mr Hutchinson