I am writing this letter at the end of my first week as headteacher of Spetisbury Primary School. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything (even the most mundane tasks) and have found myself with a fixed grin as I have moved around the school. Undoubtedly, the highlight has been seeing all the smiling, inquisitive faces of children and adults who are desperate to learn and intrinsically proud of their school.
I knew following the recruitment process that I had been very fortunate to be selected for the role; this week has enabled me to find out a little bit more of just how fortunate I am. Spetisbury is an incredibly special school within a vibrant community and I look forward to leading its further development over the forthcoming years.
Having been a teacher and senior leader for the last 18 years in a range of schools in London, Cairo and Dorset, I have a strong understanding and vision for what helps build a successful school. I strongly believe that our school should be a place to unlock hidden talents and interests in a fun and nurturing environment. Every child has the ability to be amazing and I am confident we will give all children the opportunity to thrive. We will build upon the good OFSTED from 2017 and the excellent work of staff so far through our continued high expectations. Personally, I will work tirelessly to raise standards and ensure every child reaches their full potential through rich and rewarding experiences. Already this week, we have secured opportunities for some of our children to visit Salisbury Cathedral (alongside royalty) as well as a wide range of sporting and music opportunities.
Parents make an important contribution to children’s achievements at school; I want to continue developing the relationship between the school and home for everyone’s benefit. The school should be the centre of learning within the village and I will be looking to utilise as many talents, skills and goodwill of our wider community to help achieve that.
As a parent of 2 primary aged girls, I know how rewarding it is to hear their enthusiasm and energy when recounting their day in school. I want that for you; we are looking at how we can enrich the chidren’s experience so that although they may be a little more tired, they are effusing tales of what they have learned, long into the evenings. It is my belief that we all need to have the confidence to shout about our school and share with all what an outstanding place it is.
Finally, I must thank you all for your warm welcome and positive comments at the school gate and around school. Over this half term we will be providing opportunities for you to share in our learning and celebration, further news of this will be in our upcoming newsletters, but do not hesitate to talk to me with any query, concern or offer of support that might help aid your child’s time in school.
Thank you for your continued commitment and support towards the school and I look forward to sharing its further success with you.
Mr Andrew Brown - Headteacher