As a rule I wouldnâ€™t generally describe out pupil body as rule bound. Donâ€™t get me wrong- they understand their right from wrong and are unfailingly great company and always mean well. However they donâ€™t just follow the instructions on the box- their natural creativity means they generally break out of any boxes provided and come up with something entirely unexpected- hence the success of the scrap store in school lunchtimes: the scrap store being, â€˜present given to child at christmas-child then plays with the cardboard box that the present came in instead,â€™ taken to its natural extreme and it thrives here at Minchinhampton. Hence the success in recent years of our Kâ€™Nex challengers- a 1st and now a 2nd place in as many years, when you consider the numbers in the competition, is rather impressive and speaks volumes about our pupilsâ€™ capacity for creativity- as of course do the many and varied ways in which our pupils respond to being given topic and values homework; the wonderful initiatives our school committees come up with and their beautiful artwork . At every available opportunity our children grab the initiative and take the law into their own hands. We, for our part, ride the wave as best we can- providing a significant range of extra-curricular opportunities for them; giving them autonomy in the classroom and freedom at lunchtimes and letting go the reins on learning whenever we can and dare. I spend my days awash with childrenâ€™s work which never ceases to surprise and charm me and with endless ideas and requests from the children. Sometimes I feel my head going under -heaven knows, the rest of the school community, whether it be staff or parents, governors or the PTA, are no better- they are simply grown up versions of these ridiculously proactive, busy-minded children- but it is all undeniably pleasurable. We are presently reviewing our school rules and behaviour in school and, as part of this, I will soon be sending you back a survey about behaviour. Our primary concern here is to ensure the childrenâ€™s learning behaviours deliver, for them, the very best learning. Itâ€™s an interesting conundrum this one- given the childrenâ€™s creativity is a key driver as well as an invaluable engine for this school, what is the best approach for getting the very best traction with their learning? Weâ€™re doing just fine of course -this is always going to be about fine tuning and I will be very interested in your feedback as we look to go forward.