Who would have thought that a simple change to the canteen arrangement would create such excitement? We are trying a different layout in the canteen in an effort to speed up the service and allow more students the chance to be served. We have tried several arrangements in the last few months, including where students are able to buy different food types, but Monday’s new arrangements clearly surprised some students. The change is a simple one: we have put the responsibility on the students to first select their food and then move through to the tills to pay. We believed that giving students the chance to try a “grab and go” style layout, and putting trust in them to ensure that they queued up and paid, would demonstrate our faith in our students to act maturely – they have not let us down! The lunch queue was cleared, on average, 12 minutes quicker per day, and we were selling more food.
I appreciate that it took a degree of training over the week, but by Friday the majority of students said they preferred the system, and welcomed the fact that we trusted them. The idea actually came from the staff and students after their visits to William Edwards in the summer, but we need to order enough chillers before we could make it work, and my initial thought is that we will continue it after Christmas.
In that regard, it is clear that very quickly you can “train” students in to new systems. I was speaking to some Year 11 girls this week, and they were saying how glad that they were [deep down] that we had reinstated bells at the school. They felt that it helped them stay regimented through the building, and I believe that you do have to have that “Pavlov’s Dog” element in schools.
One worthy mention from last week, some of our female students in Year 11 were guests of Credit Suisse last week (thanks to Mr Pilley’s connections) at a competition designed to attract more girls in to the finance sector. Whilst the story will be in the end of half term newsletter, the reports that I received about how well our students did, and in particular how they took control of older students (Year 12 and 13) from private schools in the tasks was truly impressive; I think they all agreed it was a very memorable day and a great experience.
I am looking forward to watching a little of the cricket at the weekend, especially as it is a Day-Night game, and fingers crossed we can level the series.
Have a good weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the drama production next week.