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A School Sent Its Pupils A Beautiful Letter Saying They Are Worth Much More Than Their Test Results

The letter said: “Enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.”

A primary school in Lancashire sent its leaving year-six pupils their end-of-year test scores, accompanied with an inspiring message telling them that their scores “will not tell you everything”.

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Barrowford Primary School sent the letter yesterday. It soon went viral, with people tweeting and sharing the heartfelt message worldwide.

Rachel Tomlinson, headteacher, told Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, “The value of education can’t be denied, but we need to celebrate more than that.”

The letter, addressed to the pupils themselves, was sent by Tomlinson and the head of year six, Amy Birkett.

However, the letter is not original: Tomlinson said she found the words on a blog, and the letter (sent by a different school) was shared widely on Facebook in the US last year.

Regardless, the letter has proved hugely popular here in England. Here’s what the letter says:


“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.”

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