School sends encouraging letter to students, says ‘there are many ways of being smart’

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A school in Lancashire, England sent a heart-warming letter to students telling them there is more to life than exam results. The letter went out to all Year Six pupils at Barrowford Primary School.

The message, signed by headteacher Rachel Tomlinson and Amy Birkett, told students the exam results do not define them.

The letter was likely inspired by principal at an unnamed school in the U.S. that sent out a similar letter last year.

Here’s the full text of the letter sent to Barrowford students:

Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.

However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you- the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.

They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.

They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.

They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.

2 comments

  • "Hatfield"

    For the person posting the article here; your link to the outside source of a school principal who sent out a similar letter in the US is no longer a valid URL. Brings up a “404” message.

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