Rendcomb College: In Loco Parentis
We will make our mistakes, say sorry, work to make things right again and no doubt have much laughter along the way!
I have just arrived as the new Head of Juniors at Rendcomb College, Rob Jones has taken over as the Head of College and he is leading us as we take our next steps as a whole school, aged 3-18
At the risk of our spouses raising an eyebrow, there are moments when it feels like dad and mum responsible for our four hundred children, with the trials and tribulations of teenage angst and the stresses of exams and university applications, alongside ensuring that little Joe has remembered that it is Forest School today or that Jenny has her ballet shoes.
We feel hugely privileged to be “in loco parentis” and excited with the plans afoot; we take our positions of leadership very seriously, but just like any family, we will make our mistakes, say sorry, work to make things right again and no doubt have much laughter along the way!
One of my many wishes is that our present students and those who have left Rendcomb feel that sense of family throughout their lives. We are not a processing plant, a conveyer belt, a place of perfection, but a safe place where we can take risks and be challenged, within the protection of those who care for us. (And that is just the staff….!) A print I was given for a recent birthday has these words: “Family - like the branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one.” Let it be true here.
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