“Your school is, truly, my ideal school…!"

Jul 1, 2017

Starting a new school is a long process, full of lots of hoops and reports and boring stuff that neither generates much fun or much news. We are often asked by parents for updates, as we haven’t posted much news lately. Invariably I reply with, ‘Well, we’re working on the planning process – having meetings with the ESFA (the newly-renamed Education and Skills Funding Agency) and Harrow Council and working on all the detailed plans for our curriculum and school policies and procedures’.

This lack of news isn’t much fun for us either – at the moment this project is a long, drawn out process, punctuated by unexpected stressful (but not usually news-worthy) hurdles when we have to drop everything, take emergency days off work and give up sleeping/holidays/fun days out with the kids. On one occasion we stayed up all night writing an emergency report on something I can’t quite recall, only to have to wait three months for feedback. Sigh.

But what keeps us going are the conversations and lovely emails we get from the families who are watching our progress. When I got involved with the project that would become Mariposa over three years ago because, as a local parent who grew up and went to school in Harrow, I was angry and frustrated at what was happening to our local schools; at their size, lack of outside space and the shortage of places. But it’s easy to become tired when bogged down in all the complexities of actually starting a new school – especially as many of the Mariposa team are parents with young children, juggling starting a school with life and work*, so I wanted to share an excerpt from a particularly lovely email we received this week. It’s a great reminder that in the end, Mariposa is going to be a fantastic school for children and families, something unique and inspiring. And certainly worth all the effort.


Hello,

I’m writing to express our keen interest in enrolling our children in your new school. We are a Spanish-British family of 4 currently living in California, but will be relocating to London in the spring-summer of 2018. When I saw your school mentioned in a post on Mumsnet and went to check your website, I could not believe my eyes! Your school is, truly, my ideal school, from the philosophy, the personalized learning, the importance given to music, arts and the outdoors, the schedule, the cafeteria… down to the lack of uniform! And you teach Spanish! Here in Silicon Valley our son goes to Spanish immersion school, and most parents want their children to learn either Spanish or Chinese, so I was getting increasingly frustrated during my online search because I could not find any school with Spanish in London, other than very expensive international schools. I think it’s fantastic that you value foreign languages and have decided to go with Spanish (instead of the traditional French) and that you are so innovative in your approach to your school.

We’re so excited about your school…and we really hope we can count ourselves among the families in your community in the near future.

Kind regards,
Arantxa and Phil


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* I had baby number 3 six weeks ago – you’ll see me briefly in our new video shortly, which was filmed when she was two weeks old. I’m not looking my best it must be said…

 

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Jul 1, 2017

Starting a new school is a long process, full of lots of hoops and reports and boring stuff that neither generates much fun or much news. We are often asked by parents for updates, as we haven’t posted much news lately. Invariably I reply with, ‘Well, we’re working on the planning process – having meetings with the ESFA (the newly-renamed Education and Skills Funding Agency) and Harrow Council and working on all the detailed plans for our curriculum and school policies and procedures’.


May 31, 2016
There are many things about our journey to starting Mariposa that have been frustrating, but none as much as the battle to announce our site. We want to be completely open and involve our community as much as possible with the new school. However, for this part, that is completely out of our hands.

Here is why…


Mar 11, 2016
We are back and things are moving fast! Our site is close to being announced, we have identified two new roles on our Steering Committee and we are advertising for our first Head Teacher.

Nov 25, 2015

This blog accompanies the emails, press releases, news updates, Facebook and Twitter posts that we are publishing tonight, to give some more information about what has happened over the past week.


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