As 2020 gets underway, I’m delighted to be starting my first term as the principal of Southbroom Infants’ School. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our school’s wonderful community.
Over the coming weeks, I will be writing a series of blog posts outlining my vision for the school and the path to making Southbroom Infants’ School the finest in the area. But first, I would like to tell you a bit more about myself.
Before joining Southbroom Infants’ School, I was the deputy headteacher at By Brook Valley C of E Primary School in Chippenham. Having spent four successful years in the role, and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the day-to-day running of a school, I wanted to take the next step and become a principal.
Leading Southbroom Infants’ School was an opportunity I simply couldn’t turn down. I am excited to bring my knowledge and expertise to the role and put them into practise at such an exceptional school.
My teaching career has, so far, spanned more than 24 years. During this time, the majority of my experience lies in teaching children in key stage one, which has given me skills that will be invaluable in leading an infants’ school.
On a personal level, I am first and foremost a parent to my 18-year-old son and a wife to a lovely husband. Together, we also have a gorgeous Bichon Frise dog. I enjoy travelling and cruising to exotic places, with Dubai being my favourite destination. I also love attending the theatre, watching musicals, and listening to music, while I also play the piano myself.
As I previously mentioned, you can expect to see a series of blogs published on the school website over the coming weeks. Some of the topics will include:
- Building on Our School’s Core Values
- Believing in Values-based Education
- Nurturing and Further Enhancing Our Staff
- Engaging the Community to Continue Our Progress
The publication of these blogs is the beginning of our school’s increased focus on improving communication with our community. This will primarily be done through our school website and our social media accounts. So, if you don’t already, please take this opportunity to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline Jackson for making my transition a smooth process and congratulate her on a great job as principal. I’m excited to build on the excellent progress the school made during Caroline’s time in charge.
As I begin my headship, I will be implementing some changes, including alterations to the school’s behaviour policy and increasing our focus on reading and phonics.
I’ll also be doing a lot to learn more about Southbroom Infants’ School, our pupils, their families, and the community so that I can steer the school in the right direction. This will include hosting a series of coffee mornings during which I’ll be meeting with parents and members of the school community.
If you have any questions or queries, I would love to hear them, so please contact the school on 01380 723184.
I look forward to meeting you all.