Dear Parents / Carers
I am delighted to be able to write my first letter as the new Headteacher of Hadleigh Infant and Nursery School. All the staff and children have made me feel very welcome and I feel privileged to be joining your school community. I currently live in Thurrock with my fiancée who keeps me very busy planning our wedding. I love watching and playing many sports as well as travelling. Since I started working in the education system, 9 years ago, I have had the opportunity to work with staff, parents and pupils from a wide range of backgrounds. During the past four years, I have been Assistant Headteacher at a large primary school in Thurrock. During my time at Deneholm, I have learnt that a successful and happy school depends on all of us working together. I am relishing the chance to work with the fantastic team at the school to ensure we continue to develop great opportunities for your children.
Since my appointment, I have had the opportunity to visit the school on several occasions to meet with Mrs Dalley, pupils and staff. I would like to say thank you to Mrs Dalley for her support in ensuring the transition to a new Headteacher was as smooth as possible. I would also like to praise Mrs Dalley in her role of leading the school in its most recent Ofsted, where the school was deemed to be good. My priority as Headteacher is to ensure that Hadleigh Infant and Nursey School continues to aim to become an outstanding school ensuring every child has the best opportunity to achieve their potential. Not only do I want to get to know the pupils, staff and school community this term but also begin to build an excellent relationship with parents. This is to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all our pupils to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development.
My philosophy for education is one which is based around the edict of the ‘best by every child’. I hold a strong child-centred approach to teaching, where consistency, praise, encouragement yet challenge are key. I believe that all children are amazing and have unique potential waiting to be unlocked – it is a privilege, as a teacher and a leader, to be able to inspire, enthuse, motivate and nurture children to fully achieve this. Another strong belief of mine is that every child has the right to an education that teaches them ‘life skills’ that they can use to make a positive contribution to society. I will be outlining further my ideas and vision for the future for the school in due course. During the next few weeks, I will be arranging a tea and cake event in order for me to gain a wider knowledge of the parent community and together we will be able to create a collective vision for the future of our school. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries, concerns or there is anything I can do to help and support you with your child’s learning and school life.
Mr. S. Proctor