I was born in Somerset and was fortunate to be part of a family where everyone was valued and listened to. We were all encouraged to do our best, set our aims high and that with hard work and determination we could strive to reach our dreams. I learnt from a young age the skills of sharing, trust, taking turns, tolerance and respect. This was set alongside politeness and caring and supporting each other. These strong family values have guided me through my life and my career and are the bedrock of what I want every child to experience. My motivation to teach started from an early age. It showed me how teachers can have a positive influence on young people’s lives and how important it is to get it right.
I gained my BSc (Hons) degree from Plymouth and went on to do my post graduate primary teaching qualification at Bristol University. I started my teaching career as a class teacher at Swanmead Somerset, a large middle school, before moving on to teach at Figheldean, a village school, in Wiltshire. From here I moved to Whitchurch, a large primary school in Hampshire, to take up the role of Deputy Headteacher where I taught all age groups. Having had the opportunity of taking on the Acting Headship for a year I realised that this was something I enjoyed. I moved to take up my first headship at Fordingbridge Infant School securing an Outstanding rating from Ofsted and Beacon Status showing us to be a centre of excellence.
I was then fortunate to take up the role of Headteacher at Clatford Primary in 2006. In the time I have been here the school has moved to performing consistently in the top 10% of all schools nationally. This has been achieved by building a team of staff who are enthusiastic, hard working and committed to doing their best for every child. I promote an atmosphere which supports a strong family ethos underpinned by core values of trust and respect. The children’s learning experiences are enhanced with the development of exciting enrichment activities such as the day the dragon came to Clatford where we all became dragon protectors and the achievement of Platinum status for our singing. My aim is to support and encourage children to fulfil their dreams, to strive to do the best they possibly can and give them opportunities to shine whether as a member of the school council, a science leader, a climate cop, a singing ambassador going to other schools or receiving a certificate to say they are a great learner or an exemplary citizen of Clatford School.
I am extremely proud of being able to lead such a successful and caring school. It is my aspiration and that of my team supported by the Governors, that when the time comes for our children to move on, they will take away many special memories which will provide them with the key building blocks for their future learning and their adult life. I hope that above all else the children will look back at their time at Clatford with a real sense of achievement and enjoyment and feel proud of being part of the school.
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