We are all set targets, as students often GCSE grades we should try and aim for based on how we did back in year 6. The best targets in life however are those that we set ourselves, to sing lead in a musical, to captain a sports team or like me to simply get to the top of a mountain by a difficult route. It is as much the work of college to help you reach these personal targets as it is the academic ones we set.
I am always nervous about setting a student a GCSE target grade, it is all too easy to underestimate what someone else is capable of no matter how good the statistics might be. I always worry about students being set a target that is too low, that in some way limits potential or sets a ceiling to what might be achieved.
I was reading the diary of another headteacher Mr Brian Nichols who makes the excellent point “Targets need to be the floor we walk on and not the bar that we are trying to clear”.
Please do discuss your targets with your teachers, in particular your tutor and make sure targets do not limit your potential but reflect what your life goals are.