I love working at Michaela. I love it because I work with the best people on the planet and we all work as a team. Today was one of those days. Everyone was in their own spaces, living their own lives, doing their own thing… But there we were, connecting in cyberspace. Why? Because we appeared in The Sunday Times today.
That’s how it all started of course: in cyberspace. I wrote a blog. It was called To Miss with Love. I then got myself in hot trouble and the blog disappeared…
Then started the very long journey of setting up Michaela. So many of Michaela’s staff have found us through social media.
I read our tweets and I laugh, giggle, smile… always. Once some blogger out there spoke about how he thought there must be a microchip in everyone’s shoulder because we say such similar things.
Yes, we do. That’s why, after all, we all gravitated towards Michaela and why we are all so proud to work there. We look around at our colleagues and think, boy am I lucky to be working with you.
It is such a great feeling when you’re walking to work on a Monday morning, with a skip in your step. And given where we are in Wembley, wading through the mountains of rubbish, passing the drunkards asleep on the benches outside the school gates, the short walk from the station isn’t the most glamorous of walks. But none of that matters.
No green in our playground. It is just a car park with asphalt and we don’t have a car park because otherwise the children wouldn’t have anywhere to play. But none of that matters.
Sure our building is right next to the train tracks where the trains make so much noise, only 360 children shouting poetry could possibly ever drown them out. But none of that matters.
And when staff are boiling on the train side of the building in the middle of the summer, in their hot classrooms, desperately switching on their fans which only serve to move around the very hot air because they cannot open their windows thanks to the noisy trains, yet never complain…
You know that none of this matters to them because they just love being at Michaela.
And I love it too, thanks to them, our incredible staff, who row so perfectly together, day in, day out, loving our kids, every step of the way.
Our book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers, written by us all, once again, a real lesson in teamwork, comes out on Saturday 26 November. In the meantime, you can read about it in The Sunday Times or listen to this ED Files podcast with me, talking about the school.