What do schools run on?

“Do you know what schools run on?” the Head asked me, with a slightly forbidding air, as I accepted my very first responsibilities in school management. “Goodwill. And don’t you forget it!” 

There’s a bit more to it than that.  A longer list might start with: 

  • Timetables
  • Teaching and pastoral care
  • Money (makes the world go round)
  • Like an army, their stomach
  • Ethos, culture, policies and rules
  • Parental support
  • Learning, responsibility, recognition, joy
  • Fresh air and exercise
  • iSAMs, Wisepay, ShowMyHomework, Office 365
  • Optimism – and sunshine when available!

But he was right.  Built over years, it can be squandered in a moment.  

Goodwill gives time to individuals; makes things right in boarding; gives up weekends; treks the hills with CCF and DofE; organises Glenridding, the Normandy experience, the German exchange, productions, concerts, cricket festivals, rugby tours … and much more besides. 

Goodwill. And don’t you forget it!