We are doing the rounds of school open evenings and went to one recently that didn't make the best impression, unfortunately.
We arrived early and nipped into the IT department to kill time before the head teacher's speech.
There was no teacher around and when I started to look at a particular screen I was told by a pupil that it was the work of someone in Year 9.
The pupil left us to browse and Ethan and I started to critique the website that was on display.
Capital letters were not used where they should have been. Spelling was poor. Formatting was inconsistent. Grammar was incorrect. The overall look of the site was passable though. Although we were looking at the site together, I said what I was thinking, and I said it made me wonder about the school if they were presenting work of this standard.
Ethan has rejected this school based on this tiny insight into the school ethos. If they can't be bothered to correct these things on work that is being showcased during an open evening then can they really be bothered by anything?
It's a shame. We had a great experience in some of the other classrooms and there was some "newness" in the head teacher's speech that was interesting and innovative.
I have explained to Ethan that that particular piece of work being on display could be indicative of an inclusive environment, where everyone's contributions are valued and it isn't just the top percentage of students who get to see their work on display.
But appearances count.