Although I have no control over who covers my lessons, I always hope it will be a competent, clever disciplinarian and subject specialist who can’t stop themselves tidying as they go and feel compelled to mark bits of work completed in the lesson. But after returning to the classroom this week I found out there is another type of teacher I should now wish for when I have time off, and that’s the competent disciplinarian who’s an absolute bore. You see, there’s nothing like inflating your own sense of self-worth, and children are very quick to massage your ego when they’ve been kept on task for an hour by somebody very boring who follows the lesson plans you left without an ounce of flair or excitement. My return was greeted with shocking enthusiasm by one class in particular, who ordered me never again to leave them to the clutches of The Most Boring Teacher In The World, who made them do this and do that and wouldn’t let them do this or that, and who shouted at them. Now I’m not one to fall for these tricks; I know they were just gutted that they had to do some proper work for a change, and full marks to the Boring Teacher for actually managing to extract writing from them and keep them on task for such a long time. I know these children are fickle and will flatter you endlessly if they think it will get them out of doing something. But isn’t it nice to think that in some small way you are actually less boring than somebody else, and the kids would rather have you as their teacher than the other guy? Of course, I did try to stick up for The Most Boring Teacher In The World, even though we’ve never met.“It’s not easy coming in and taking a new class,” I said in the teacher’s defence. “Especially you lot.” At this they continued their cries of injustice and tried to convey to me exactly how boring this teacher had been. And I had to cream it just a little bit more. “It sounds as though you had a great time. Look at all the work you managed to do.” And as the protests got too much, I tried to suppress my smug grin, whilst my ego resisted the voice of reason within for just a little longer… It’s small compensation for the lunchtime tidying I’m going to have to carry out, let me tell you!
You have an important decision to make – to choose a Primary School for your child. In 2003 OFSTED described our school as a “very good school with some excellent features”. We feel proud of our school and hope you will consider Wallands for your child.
The school is well known for being a very happy, open and vibrant school as well as for the outstanding quality and work of its staff, who are experienced and approachable. We believe in high standards both in the core subjects and in the more artistic side of the curriculum. Visitors will find stimulating displays of children’s work throughout the school and there is a strong musical tradition at Wallands. In addition the school is increasingly strong at PE and computer work.
At Wallands we strive to help children to develop a positive self-image through knowledge of the world and of themselves. The skills of good communication, independence and awareness of self and others, are taught in the context of a clear moral framework. Spiritual values, creative expression and logical thought are encouraged. It is a school in which clear expectations are set in terms of work and behaviour and where equal access to the curriculum is provided for each child. Full details of the curriculum are available at the school.
Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are limited to a maximum of 30 and Key Stage 2 to a maximum of 32. All classes are very well supported by Teaching Assistants with full time assistants in Reception classes. Our aim is to ensure that all children enjoy school and experience success, whilst also achieving the highest standard of which they are capable.