Last Friday evening, myself and three colleagues headed off to Barnsley Metrodome to attend the town’s flagship event ‘Proud of Barnsley’. David Winnard had been short-listed for the ‘Children’s Champion’ whilst Greenacre School were down to the final three in the ‘School of the Year’ category – an honour and a real cause for celebration for the staff that work tirelessly, day in and day out to make a difference to the lives of the borough’s must vulnerable young people.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long for our categories to come to the fore and it was an extremely proud moment and cause for much excited celebration when Greenacre School was announced Barnsley School of the Year. What a privilege and honour it was to walk (run!) up to the stage to collect this award on behalf of this truly amazing school. Greenacre School isn’t and never has been a job in the usual sense of the word. It is a way of life, a huge family, a place of joy and sometimes sadness that gets underneath your skin and changes your perception of the world. Greenacre School is a special place because of its children, its staff and its partners who come together to change lives.
When I shared the award with the whole staff team at our usual Monday morning briefing there was clear pride, joy and a humility that never fails to blow me away. I am one very proud Headteacher and Greenacre is such a great place to be!
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