It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Dickens’ famous opening lines to ‘ A Tale of Two Cities’ are over 160 years old now, but perhaps never have they seemed more resonant or timeless.


‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’



This, of course, a worst of times. None of us have ever experienced anything like it. Probably - and hopefully - never will we again. We have, in some contexts, also perhaps witnessed some of the worst of decisions. As Dickens continues, ‘it was the epoch of incredulity’.


However, at the same time I guess we never seen more of the best brought out in others: the selfless dedication of our NHS workers, care staff and of course, incredible acts of fundraising personified by Captain Tom.




And nor have I ever felt more proud of a school community of students, parents, carers and staff pulling together for its common good, and indeed that of the wider community.


So In this respect it is for me, oddly, also the best of times.


The best of times because, over the last half term, the crisis has also brought out the best of us. Together, we have…


Adapted to the challenges of virtual learning, continuing to adapt and improve as we reflect on shared experience; established frameworks for individual support and guidance; continued to celebrate individual and collective achievement; creatively in activities which reflect our values and continue to define our identity…




And critically shown a generosity of spirit in supporting others in in our wider community...


Wendy Clipping


‘It was the spring of hope’.