Barrowford School’s inspirational note to students goes viral
UK – Barrowford Primary School got it right.
An inspiring letter from the Head Teacher to all primary school leavers at a Lancashire school has gone viral.
As the KS2 (Key Stage Two) results were released to Year 6 students, headmistress Rachel Tomlinson and level Head Amy Birkett, accompanied the results with a letter. The 11-year-olds each received the letter below:
The content of the letter:
“Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.
However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you– the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have traveled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.”
Social media has exploded with support, even if the letter’s content has been found to be a copy of one from an unidentified school in the US. Its Twitter handle @BarrowfordSch tweeted they have found the source of inspiration for the note the school sent to the children.
The school’s motto “Learn to Love, Love to Learn” fits perfectly with the tender, heartwarming note.
Barrowford School was last inspected on 11th September 2012. The school was awarded a ‘good’ grade. Read the inspection report here.