I am very proud to be the headteacher of our wonderfully diverse and vibrant community, which we refer to as 'Team Athelstan'. Everyone who works in our school values the whole school community and has a genuine team spirit. We work collaboratively for all our pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens, who will thrive in whatever path they choose in the future. Respect is the cornerstone of our school and we endeavour to ensure that everyone feels valued. We constantly model and teach behaviours that promote respectful, considerate behaviour. These are referred to as our OBE - Outstanding Behaviour Expectations and include both learning and social behaviours.
A very large staff team works tirelessly to make the difference to the children in our care, both educationally and emotionally and this includes a pastoral support team, which offers support to a range of pupils and their families. Staff and pupil health and well being are of paramount importance to leaders and governors. A well-motivated, highly skilled staff means that all children benefit from a stable and experienced teaching and support staff meaning that have more opportunities to succeed.
We acknowledge that the partnership with parents and carers is paramount for children to achieve their full potential; therefore we have a genuine desire to maintain and further extend this partnership. This means that we are constantly looking for ways of bringing parents and carers into school to see what we do and how we teach various aspects of the curriculum.
Recent years have seen our pupils achieve well, often exceeding national standards in formal tests. Just as importantly, however, is the broader provision that we offer that is crucial to the leadership team; this means that pupils have opportunities to excel in dance, drama, music and sporting activities. This culminates in a theatre production at the end of year six, a truly memorable experience for all involved. We have been recognised for our wider curriculum provision by gaining Gold awards for both Sports and Science. We are currently aiming for the Gold Artsmark, too.
We are passionate about giving pupils the skills to make healthy lifestyle choices and promote extracurricular for all; our ultimate aim being that every single child will participate in a club at least once each year. We are extremely fortunate to benefit from a large and pleasant site and we are continually updating and improving our learning environment; this includes the addition of our new outdoor library, which is housed in ‘Buster’ a London double decker bus! After eighteen years of headship, I still genuinely believe it is the best job in the world and want to continue to build on our past successes and create even more opportunities for the children in our community.