If there was one thing you needed in life, other than food, drink, shelter and loved ones, what would it be ?

For most people around the world, education is the most important thing that they need. It is a basic human right. Without a good education, children cannot grow into self-sufficient, well-rounded and fulfilled adults.

Therefore, we have taken time this week to celebrate teachers and education across the world in recognition of World Teachers’ Day which has been held annually on the 5th October since 1994.

The week saw a celebration of teachers and school staff, but we also acknowledged the amazing work of parents and carers who have played in educating their children during these unprecedented times. Many parents and students sent in ‘thank you’ postcards to school staff which were very well-received.

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We recognise that education provides individual freedom, empowerment and yields important benefits for all students, so we felt it was essential to take time out to recognise every member of staff who works tirelessly to support our student community.”

When Miss Bates (Drama) received her postcard she said: “What an absolutely lovely message! Thank you for sharing this with me. It has definitely made me smile and given me an extra boost.”

All members of staff have also received a little surprise from students at our school to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “In times where the recruitment and retention of school staff can be a real battle, it has been invaluable to have so many kind messages for staff from parents and students. We will be ensuring that we circulate these with prospective job applicants to prove that working with Friary families is a real privilege and the kind words of a parent may be the reason their child gets a specialist teacher in the years that stretch before them.”