We know that Mark Rutherford is a good school as we have an Ofsted report to prove it and our numbers again this year surpass our standard intake threshold.

Our philosophy however, is that no matter how good we think we are, we can always do better. We want to be the best in everything we do. We are committed to the continual pursuit of excellence. Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. It is the gradual result of always striving to do better. In  the words of Mother Goose: “Good, better, best; never rest till “good” be “better” and “better” be “best”. Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well and as Winston Churchill said, “I am easily satisfied with the very best”.

Everyone associated with the school can help us achieve excellence by striving to be better in all that we do. A well known business man, Jan Carlzon, when he was in charge of Scandinavian Airlines said: “Excellence doesn’t mean we have to be 100 per cent better in any one thing; it means we strive to be 1 per cent better in 100 things”.

This was a philosophy continued by Sir Clive Woodward in winning the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003 and with David Brailsford, the Great Britain cycling coach. He coined the phrase, “the aggregation of marginal gains”. In other words if we do lots of little things better it will improve the whole by a considerable margin. We don’t always get it right but we are committed to the pursuit of excellence. So if there are things that can improve, please let us know so we can do something about it.

Your feedback is always helpful. You can do this by visiting ParentView (https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/) on the Ofsted website and completing a short questionnaire. Positive comments are always welcome and I would encourage parents to do this. When the school is inspected, this is one of the sources of information that inspectors will scrutinise.

Reminders

Please do not bring cars onto the school site to pick up or drop off students at the start and end of the school day.  We have one entrance and very limited space. There are taxis that have to enter the site and 1200 pedestrians. Any extra vehicles at these times present us with serious congestion and safety issues.

There are stopping laybys either side of the school and side roads which can be used for dropping off and picking up.

Please do not stop in the no stopping zone outside the school. This is clearly marked and signposted. Stopping in this area is dangerous and if seen by the police could result in prosecution.

Thank you for your continued support.

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