How fast time flies.

Is it really just a week until we break up for half-term? I can’t believe how fast time flies. As a parent myself I’m amazed at how quickly my daughters grow up – for our young people things must be a blur. This is where we must support them. For some they will be approaching exams and revising hard for them, others are looking beyond Forge: university and the world of work. These are big moments in their lives and it reminds me of some mindfulness training I engaged on recently with staff.

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
Mother Teresa

Our life is a series of these moments and I’d like to see young people everywhere spending a little more time engaging with the moment. Taking it in. Inhaling. We know how quickly time moves on. It’s far too easy to provide an exam factory but would we produce well rounded young adults, capable of surviving university or the workplace? Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. Without mindfulness we lack clarity and those big decisions are even harder to make.

Without clarity it is unlikely I would be at Forge. I share a similar vision to the sponsor, Ormiston; that education gives all young people the opportunity to have the highest academic, social and practical skills to allow them to lead a fulfilling life. That’s important to me and it’s clearly important to Ormiston as they now have 30 academies in the family with over 20,000 young people, nationally, thriving in education. But it isn’t a numbers game either! I like the fact that, whilst we get support from Ormiston, we are still able to respond to the individual needs of our community. We are more Forge than Ormiston but what Ormiston brings is invaluable and we are proud to be a part of a well-respected academy sponsor.

Andrew Burns

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