Dear Parents, Carers and Families,
It has been my privilege and pleasure to act as interim Headteacher for Grange Primary, following the resignation of the previous Headteacher. I want to say a huge thank you to all the families and pupils that welcomed me to the school and for your feedback and support which has played a crucial role in shaping this year. Grange Primary is a very special place, and I am very proud to have been part of the community I feel we have created.
In January the Governing Body appointed a new Headteacher for the coming year. We have been working closely together and he has visited the school, and I hope he met many of you at the gates, in the playground and thanks to the dedication of our Parent’s Teacher Association. I would like to join you in welcoming him for 2018-19, and I am sure that Grange will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Thank you all again for your support and commitment this year.
Mr Matthew Parker
New Head teacher’s introduction letter
Dear Grange Community
I am looking very forward to joining the Grange community as Headteacher in September 2018.
The Grange motto is : Learning together. Respecting each other. Achieving our potential.
This motto encapsulates the power of the community; how much we can achieve when we work together. It is a vision of a world towards which we all strive. We want to have peace and respect within the world and if we aim to educate upon these guiding principles then the future, by definition, will be better.
I am inspired by this vision and my personal leadership vision is to extend this principle of community further; to realise that by learning and living together with respect, each one of us within the community becomes greater in terms of actualising our individual potential. We become a community of great individuals operating with success and each making our unique respectful contribution to improve the whole community.
My aim is to discover the unique voice within each child through education. This is the voice that each child will spend their lifetime honing and developing so that they make their contribution to our planet and the global community. To do this, we need to value our staff and give them the opportunities to be their best so that they can work in partnership with parents and carers to give each one of our Grange children, the very best platform of foundational primary education to take them forward so that they can live their best lives.
I have been a Headteacher for 14 years now and began my formal teaching career gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) in 1996 at a secondary school in Redbridge. Along the way I have taught all ages including adult education and in 2004 started my first Headship at a Primary school in Salford, Manchester.
Prior to that, I attended University in my birth country of South Africa (Psychology and Literature undergraduate), and completed a Masters degree in London (Theology). I completed the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers in 2005 and I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to help Grange Primary to continue on its journey of success and progress.
I believe strongly in the power of diversity and the innate potential of every child. I value inclusion and actively seek to discover the unique voice of each child as they develop through education.
Through education, we have the gift of inspiring love of learning; creativity and the courage to make positive choices to build the future. We need to put learning first and shape our teaching to bring out the best and most productive learning in the children. We need clear and consistent systems and measures so that we can report the progress and achieve strong outcomes through feedback and purposeful planning.
As with all human endeavours, schools are places of constant renewal and development and I look forward to being a part of the wonderful and crucial adventure of Primary education at Grange in the coming years.
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