Welcome From the CEO
“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.” W. Ward
“I believe in you.” My Mum
I am privileged. Not by my beginnings, not even by my journey through life. Instead, I am privileged by my present, my now. I have an incredible family, a lovely home, great friends, money in the bank and a job that I wake up to each and every day thanking my lucky stars that I have.
Yet all of that doesn’t stop me from passionately wanting change. It is because that privilege makes me think of all those people I knew as a child who do not have my present reality; who dropped out, who made mistakes, who have lives typified by chaos and by despair. Who are part of a dislocated society that has stopped thinking that all can be included. I feel hurt for the increasing homeless I see along Rochester high street when once it was a rare sight. About the toxic nastiness that has been unleashed in our society in recent years from divisive votes to the politics of fear. About the increasing number of children who come to our schools without the support they need to thrive.
I feel guilt and I feel anger. Then I remember. I remember that we can be the difference; through ensuring that the absolute most precious asset we have as a society, as a country, is educated to become the very best they can be and to be the best they can be to others.
Education is everything. It is what makes the difference and changes the circumstances of where we are born and what we do. My education has given me every single chance in life- but that makes me a statistical anomaly, not proof that the system is working. The number of children who are from single parent families, in areas like Gillingham, who grew up on benefits etc. and went to Oxford and is now a CEO is ridiculously small. Please don’t think that makes me think I am special; far from it. It shows me that education is still not doing what it must do- equalise our society, give every child a voice and a chance and ensure that those most “disadvantaged” children are not so any longer. Because that’s the point isn’t it; if education cannot or does not remove that disadvantage there is almost nothing else that will. When our children leave us we will give them what they deserve; optimism, belief, a future.
That is what a group of amazing teachers and staff at school gave to me. That is what we as a Trust will do for our children. Every single one of them is a champion and our job, our mission, OUR BURNING PRIORITY, is to reveal it to them, their peers and the world at large. That is why we do what we do. That is why I am truly privileged.