The ability to laugh in the face of adversity is not exactly a required qualification for St Helena’s next head teacher, but it might come in handy.
Whoever gets the job – at a salary close to the bottom of the UK scale for heads – should clearly not be afraid of a challenge.
Back in March, a feature on education on this website spoke of:
“…improvement targets that would make many a UK head teacher quail – even without the obstacles faced on a remote island.”
The new head is expected to achieve a 50% increase in the number of students reaching the top A-C grades in five subjects at GCSE – as well as helping to transform St Helena’s entire educational culture.
Which may be the reason the job advert says:
“A well developed sense of humour is advantageous.”
“The school is not that hard to run, if you know what you’re doing… there is no need for metal detectors to screen out knives and guns” – John Turner’s Random Thoughts blog