I am delighted to be writing my first letter as the new Head Teacher of Hurst Green Primary School. Those of you I met this morning made me feel very welcome, as have staff, governors and children.
I have worked in education for over 20 years and have been a head teacher since 2012, first of an infant school, and more recently of a newly amalgamated primary school. Over my career I have taught in infant, junior, first, special and primary schools.
Since my appointment last October, I have had the opportunity to visit the school on several occasions, including attending all the Spring Term Governing Body meetings. I would like to say thank you to the governors, Mrs Mauchline and Mrs Whitehouse for their support in ensuring that the transition between head teachers has been as smooth as possible.
Staff, children and governors have clearly worked very hard to make Hurst Green the great school it is today and I feel very fortunate to be the Head Teacher of a school with such a good reputation in the local community. Joining a school with such a committed staff and wonderful children really is a great place to start!
My priority as Head Teacher is to ensure that the children who attend Hurst Green continue to be safe, happy and to achieve well. To this end I will be working hard to make sure that the school continues to grow and flourish, building on the good foundations already in place. This term I will be getting to know the children, staff, parents and school community in order to build up a picture of both strengths and areas for development. I will be asking for your help with this: I will shortly be writing to you again to ask you to complete a short parent questionnaire about your experience of the school.
In assembly this morning I spoke to all the children about my expectations in terms of behaviour and general attitude towards personal conduct and learning. We talked about demonstrating the 3 Rs, namely being READY, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL and SAFE (RRRS)
Over the coming weeks children will be considering each characteristic in more detail.
As a parent of two boys, I know how important it is to work in partnership with parents and carers in order to make school a positive and rewarding experience. I am looking forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks. I am aware that many of you have long associations with the school and I am hoping that we can work together to ensure its continued success.
In the meantime please do say hello in the playground and don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is anything I can do to help and support you with your child’s learning and/or wellbeing at school.
I can be contacted on the main school number, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes,