Collins and Porras studied the huge success of companies such as Boeing and wrote a book on the subject called “Built to Last”. In it they state that the very best organisations avoid the “tyranny of or”: that is they never think that they have to do one thing at the expense of another, but simply do both to the highest of standards. This thinking has had a great influence at Matthew Moss, creating our joint mission of achieving superb academic results and providing a powerfully enabling experience which educates young people for life.
We are demonstrating real success in both.
Academically, Matthew Moss continues to impress with a Progress 8 figure of 0.31 which is officially “Above Average” and places us strongly in local and national rankings. Our crop of the top Grade 9s is outstanding, especially in Science, and leavers who attend our Saturday D6 offer achieve similar results to their peers in Grammar schools. These remarkable achievements are a testament to the quality of teaching and learning in the school and our culture of high standards.
Evidence of the strong impact of our personal development work is also a cause for real celebration, our CHANGE curriculum (Composure, High Standards, Agency, Numeracy and Literacy, Growth Mindset and Empathy) clearly enabling our alumni as they make their way in the world.
Two recent news items from the world of sport illustrate this.
Ex-Matthew Moss student Muhammad Ali exhibited a fierce Agency in not accepting that his Type 1 Diabetes should stop him competing as a boxer and entered a three year battle with the British Boxing Board of Control to re-gain his professional license.
In May this year, he won his right to fight and in September, his first professional fight. We are very proud of his achievements and look forward to receiving him as the speaker at this year’s GCSE Awards Evening.
Another former student who has inspired us with her ongoing success is Dominique Casey, who is the current British Jet Ski Champion.
Her comments on winning this prestigious title, in what is an extremely fast-paced and dangerous sport, reflect wonderfully on the first of our CHANGE dimensions, Composure.
“I just stay composed. I concentrate on having fun, stay calm and when a chance comes to get ahead, I take it”.
What a powerful expression of how to engage with the pressures and opportunities of life this is! What a vision of a life in balance, with success and enjoyment in equal measure!
These great stories are a vindication of our culture as a school and fuel our onward journey.
Photo credit to Ashley Doherty and Mark Povey