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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:DECEMBER/JANUARY TAKEOVER DAY NATIONAL


~ COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL NEWS ~


Instead of studying in the Sixth Form area and attending lessons, on Friday 24th November we were doing the Headteacher's job for National Takeover Day. Whilst sitting in his office, discussing various aspects of our school system and participating in meetings with several members of staff, it initially seemed slightly surreal. Now, as we write this article, we have gained a valuable, constructive insight into the inner mechanisms of our school.


Probably the most important thing that we have taken from the day is an insight into how the school is run on a daily basis and what the staff do ‘behind the scenes’ that is so crucial and ‘behind the scenes’ is exactly what it is. In fact, it is all too easy to be naive to the amount of effort that is put in, from the site team (who deal with the entirety of the school premises) to the focus on teaching and learning (further developing the already high standards of teaching, through responsive and tailored learning) to looking at the human effect of these changes in relation to support and safeguarding. It was one of the most enjoyable and eye- opening experiences that we have had since becoming the Student Leadership Team of Cockermouth School in July 2017.


Part of our role within school as the Student Leadership Team is to pick out various aspects of school life that we feel could be improved and then plan how we can do something about it. Takeover Day was incredibly helpful in aiding us to acquire an entirely new perspective on the way our school is run. As an example, we want to focus on improving wellbeing within school, so meetings with the Student Support Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead were very useful to us in taking us one step further to an effective (and most importantly, sustainable) plan.


Nevertheless, we think that the most enjoyable part of the day was finding out about the people behind the job titles. Of course, it’s easy to see Dr. Petrie as a Headteacher, with standards and expectations of us all. However, it’s also all too easy to forget that he is human too and has his own interests, music tastes and believes that, if he were to be a biscuit, he would be a Hobnob (one of the more unexpected interview questions that we threw at him!). More than anything else, we are thankful that Takeover Day reminded us never to take things at face value, to always be curious and that everyone within school has their own perspective. We are eternally grateful to all of the staff who helped us to gain this insight; these lessons will stick with us for the rest of our time here and we are certain that we will be a better team because of this wonderful experience!


Felicity Ashby, Adam Kirkbride, Kieran McBride, Molly Regan Student Leadership Team


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