Dear Senior Management, Governors and staff,
We are approaching the start of Eddison’s third week in his first term at your school as a new Year R pupil, and we wanted to write to express our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for welcoming him so completely into your school.
Of course this journey goes back many months, in fact years, back to December 2012 when we first spoke with Mrs Love, regarding the potential future for Eddison at yours, or in fact, any mainstream school, and since this very first meeting we have been continually overwhelmed by the guidance, support and generosity of time you have given us to enable Eddison to make the best possible start on his journey of education.
His first few weeks have been a pure joy for him, and probably more so for us as he has seamlessly integrated into the school day and he enjoys the new adventure, in full, alongside his peers; but the hard work and commitment that has gone on in the background to make this possible has not gone without notice and is appreciated beyond words.
- Your endless meetings, letter writing and funding debates.
- Your emergency planning, staff training, staff and parent awareness.
- Your scheduling and managing of the adaptation work to make the school safe, (window film throughout, new lighting, air conditioning to hall).
- Your extra planning for taster sessions to manage pupil response to him; and
- Your care and consideration in choosing appropriate and trusted staff to safeguard him during the day and the extra time, given in the most gentle and caring way to allow him to build confidence in his new environment and have faith in the safety measures.
All of this to enable our son to access every reach and corner of your school building in complete safety and comfort, and in preparation for the day that he stepped through the gates with the 59 other nervous yet excited Year R Owls and Ducklings so that he could feel just like them!
As I stood and ironed Eddison’s uniform tonight in readiness for the week ahead, I lingered over the school emblem “In Faith Endeavour to Achieve”; I cannot think of a more apt moto for us as a family, nor a more appropriate moto for a wonderful, nurturing school who are working with us to “achieve” what once seemed impossible.
Sadly, I know from close experience that not all schools rise to this most unusual of challenge in quite such a way, and so we feel that as well as our thanks, this exceptional response from an exceptional school, lead by a wonderful Head and Assistant Headteacher, should not go without recognition, so I hope you won’t mind that we have made this letter open and shared.
We know, like any voyage through school life, there will be the fair share of bumps ahead but as you quite rightly say “In Faith Endeavour to Achieve”.
Thank you isn’t enough, but it is said with all our hearts,
Nicola & Andrew Miller