In the Preamble to the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (DFE January 2015) it states the following: “Headteachers occupy an influential position in society and shape the teaching profession. They are lead professionals and significant role models within the communities they serve. The values and ambitions of headteachers determine the achievements of schools. They are accountable for the education of current and future generations of children. Their leadership has a decisive impact on the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements in the nation’s classrooms. Headteachers lead by example the professional conduct and practice of teachers in a way that minimises unnecessary teacher workload and leaves room for high quality continuous professional development for staff. They secure a climate for the exemplary behaviour of pupils. They set standards and expectations for high academic standards within and beyond their own schools, recognising differences and respecting cultural diversity within contemporary Britain. Headteachers, together with those responsible for governance, are guardians of the nation’s schools.”
I am honoured to be a Headteacher and to fulfil the prestigious position that the Preamble details so well. I am particularly proud of being the headteacher of this Church of England primary school, a school that not only is a part of the community but truly has the community at its heart.
Learning and leadership are central to the ethos of our school, where both adults and children not only always give their very best but go above and beyond what is expected. We work hard to ensure that the curriculum is exciting and stimulating, where children can utilise all of their talents and inquire about the wider world around them. This is a place where everyone learns, where everyone is challenged and everyone is inspired.
Come and see ‘growth mindset’ in practice. Find out what ‘purple learning’ is all about and come and feel the ‘buzz’ that is Crowmarsh Gifford. Ask the children what the difference is between Batman and Superman and by their answers you will see how effort, practice, making mistakes and hard work create children with resilience (bounce-back-ability), perseverance and true grit.
To find out about the most recent events in our school, please visit the our class pages and the ‘Headteacher’s Blog,’ all of which are updated weekly. We look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know your family and hope that if you are not already a part of this dynamic school, you make an appointment to come and see us for yourself. In the time being, we hope that this website gives you an insight into our school life.