I am very proud to be Headteacher at Avonwood Primary School. I see our school as the focal point of a thriving new community. The opportunity to lead a brand new state of the art school in such a beautiful part of the country is a dream role. I have personally recruited every employee and feel fortunate to lead a team of exceptionally driven and talented staff - #TeamAvonwood. I feel very strongly about the ethos of ‘every child matters’ and take a personal interest in getting to know all children and their families. I believe the journey through education is a partnership between the parent, child and school. If we work together then anything is possible… to infinity and beyond!
Having graduated from university in 2006 with first class honours in Business Information Technology, I worked for a large multinational bank on their graduate scheme. After spending two years in industry, I decided to undertake a PGCE at Southampton University, specialising as a teacher of ICT and Computer Science. In 2017 I completed an MSc in Education Leadership and Management. I am fortunate to have worked in a number of educational settings with a wide array of leadership responsibilities at primary, secondary and post 16 age groups.
I firmly believe in research based practice, with our school leading the way with strategies and techniques that are rooted in proven evidence. At Avonwood we are all about ‘inspiring wonder and intellectual curiosity’, this means empowering children with powerful knowledge by deliberately exposing them to rich, diverse and inspirational learning opportunities. When I stand on the gate each morning, I witness children running into school to discover what they are learning today. I believe it is our duty to not only educate children to the highest of academic expectations, but to also make this a learning adventure they never forget.
Even though our history is relatively short, I am very proud to see Avonwood continue to be one of the most over subscribed and popular schools in the county; all the more impressive in a local area blessed with other strong settings. Our children consistently perform highly in standardised external assessments, above local and national averages. At the same time we take great pride in participating in stunning choir performances, competing in local sporting events and bringing learning to life through an array of trips and visits.
My vision for Avonwood Primary School is to become a hub for excellence, supporting schools locally and beyond. During the pandemic we took great pride in helping replicate the success of our virtual school by supporting the Department for Education Technology initiative, delivering CPD and specialist support to schools nationwide. I also sit on the Bournemouth and Poole Council (BCP) Leadership Group for SEND improvement and represent BCP primary schools on the Children and Young Peoples Partnership Board. We believe our unique status as the only United Nations Earth Charter school in Europe gives our ethos a moral compass and relevance fitting for the world we live in today.
Outside of school I love spending time with my young family. In the summer months I’ll be found sat outside our family beach hut reading a good book or building sandcastles with my children! I very much believe that the success of this school is down to our team spirit, with a community that strives for the very best for our children by consistently going above and beyond. I look forward to welcoming you to Avonwood.