At Dwight School London we are extremely fortunate to have staff from a rich and varied range of backgrounds and experience. Our staff team is one of our greatest assets, As an IB school we are committed to lifelong learning and expect our teachers and support staff to continue to learn and to grow both in school and outside of school.
A challenge of working on a split site school is that there are not many opportunities for the whole staff to get together as we are all busy working in our own corner of the school. This week we had a joint staff meeting for the whole school, including all the teaching and support staff, and it was great to see everyone together. I appreciated the opportunity to share my impressions from my first term at Dwight and my vision for where we are headed. Many of my own observations were echoed in comments from staff in my initial survey. We have an exceptionally warm and supportive environment at Dwight and we are blessed with a wonderful student body and a very dedicated staff team. The relationships within the school are a real strength. This is a very firm basis to take the school into the future. The IBO mission statement and the learner profile also provide a strong foundation, centred around the needs of the learners, on which a culture of excellence can thrive. An essential element of my vision for the school is a shared commitment to the pursuit of excellence; always looking for ways we can be better.
To support our drive for improvement we are setting up seven staff working parties to feed into the school strategic plan. The seven groups will be focusing on the following areas:
How can we adjust the school calendar to be in more in-line with an international school calendar whilst making allowance for staff and families who have children in local schools?
Facilities and resources
How can we get the best value from our current facilities and resources and what are the options for improving our facilities in the future?
Can the school adjust pay scales to help us recruit and retain high quality staff? How can we meet the challenge of the high cost of accommodation in London, in particular for teachers arriving from abroad?
What is the best way to share/celebrate/extend what we do well, and how can we improve our provision? How can we most effectively track each individual learner’s progress?
Working with parents
How do we communicate with parents and how can this be improved? What is the best way to harness the support of parents for the good of the school?
How can we improve the teaching and learning across the school through in-school, collaborative professional development?
Lower-Upper School links
How can we strengthen the ties between the Upper and Lower school for students, teachers and parents?
Several of these groups will be seeking input from parents and we would welcome your suggestions and contributions to help us to continue to improve.