It’s that time of year again when examinations loom and levels of anxiety rise for students, staff and parents. The culmination of five years at secondary school suddenly becomes a finite reality as courses come to an end, revision sessions intensify and examinations begin. This is a difficult time for everyone involved as we approach the beginning of the end of GCSE and A level studies and it is a stressful one, too. Examinations are important, of course, they open doors to opportunity and I commend the students who have studied hard, regardless of ability, as they will reap the rewards of this endeavour when they receive those all important results in August.
We must remember, however, that this is just a stage in the learning journey, a signpost of skills and knowledge acquired but it is not an end point, nor is it definitive. It could be argued that the real measure of success is not the grades that are achieved in the summer but how far we have helped, as educators, to embed a love of learning in our students so that they will continue to be open to new experiences, actively seek out fresh challenges and be eager to develop both existing and yet to be discovered skills. If every student leaves with a determination to persist in the pursuit of knowledge, to continually question and search for meaning then we have succeeded in cultivating a sense of wonder in the world and its infinite possibilities. No GCSE grade or level of progress can measure a lasting legacy such as this. I hope that all of our students, as well as achieving examination success, take with them from Campsmount a life long love of learning. Best of luck and best wishes. Andy Sprakes.