Delighted and honoured
- Last Updated: Friday, 26 May 2017 18:53
Hopefully you'll have received your copy of this week's Gazette and read Peter Banks' announcement concerning the new, permanent Head Teacher of The Grange School. I am thrilled and delighted to have been offered the position, after a rigorous interview process yesterday, involving five of the school's governors.
Since the start of my secondment as Acting Head Teacher, I have enjoyed every second of my time in the role. Along with the fabulous staff team, we have ensured that the children are engaged in an exciting, fun curriculum that allows them all to reach their true potential. The smiles on the children's faces during Science Week, World Book Day or when they discover that a time machine has landed on their playground, are fabulous to see. Seeing your children race across the playground towards me, desperate to tell me what they've been learning is guaranteed to put a smile on my face too. One of my favourite times of the week is when I attend Family Assembly on Friday mornings and join you in celebrating your children's successes. We have continued to make sure that we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, in both the Arts and Sport and we'll soon be in rehearsals for this year's summer show.
Last night, we held our first school disco for a while, which was a massive success, both in terms of how happy it made the children and as a fundraiser for the school. Thank you for your support. We have our next disco planned for September, but before then, we'll be joining you at the Cycle Race and inviting you to our Family Picnic. On Induction Day (when your children spend the day with their new teachers) we'll be holding an Open Afternoon, where you will be able to work alongside your child and their new teacher. This will also be the date of the final Book Fair of the academic year.
The staff have been making improvements to how we teach maths and English and we are looking forward to seeing the results of this work. We know that your children have been working extremely hard and are making excellent progress. We will be sharing annual school reports with you in July, but if you would like to discuss your child's progress before this, please make an appointment to come in and see us. We really enjoy seeing you around school and Mrs Wagg and myself love our morning chats with you and your toddlers! If you would like to become more involved with the school and could volunteer to listen to some of our children read each week, please let us know. We will very soon be setting up our PTA, so if you volunteered to join in, we'll be in contact soon.
As part of my interview process, I was asked to present my vision for the school and how I would move the school from 'good' to 'outstanding'. I have lots of ideas - and the energy and enthusiasm to implement these. The whole team is excited to continue what we've started in the last few months and we look forward to working in partnership with you, to make your child's time at The Grange School even better.
I am truly honoured to have been appointed as Head Teacher of our fabulous school and will continue to do my very best to ensure that each and every child achieves his/her potential. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to remind you that I'm always available to talk to you should you need to. I'd also like to wish you a very happy, warm and sunny half term holiday. Have fun!