I was born and grew up in London, England. If any of you are familiar with the sport of Rugby Union, I grew up very close to Twickenham Stadium! I graduated in History from the University of Teeside in 1992, and in 1999 completed my P.G.C.E. and have now been an educationalist for over 17 years. As well as my teaching experience, I have a total of 12 years of experience as a curriculum manager and school leader, having served as an Assistant Head, a Deputy Head and Head Teacher. In my most recent role, in the Middle East , I worked as a School Improvement Consultant. I am a passionate believer in the transformational nature of education and learning. I believe that children learn best when they enjoy their learning and feel secure when facing tasks that are stimulating and challenging. Pupils should feel valued in the classroom and feel confident that enthusiasm and good learning will be met with recognition and praise from the teacher and peers. As a school leader I am committed to the challenge of motivating the whole school community to help every individual pupil realise his or her talents, whilst at the same time ensuring that our pupils are empowered with the essential skills to be able to make a positive contribution in an increasingly globalised world of rapid change and innovation. I believe that schools where success is celebrated, and challenges faced head on in a professional culture of support, trust and honesty are schools that ensure the best possible outcomes for all its students. As a school leader I am committed to creating an empowering and enabling school culture with a powerful ethos of positivity and hard work.
The purpose of this framework handbook is to provide HeadStart parents with an overview of the content delivered throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children in each year group will be exposed to activities created to support secure development and learning through well thought out, play based experiences. Much thought goes into ensuring that there is a seamless transition between the years as the children’s development continues.
We hope that you will join us in helping your child to access the wealth of knowledge available in their increasingly sophisticated world. Engage their curiosity where you can – ask questions, encourage them to explain, talk to them about their learning.
Should you have questions relating to anything in this handbook, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s Homeroom Teacher or Deputy Teacher, our Deputy Head of Foundation; Miss Hannah Brown, or myself.
“Our task is to educate our students whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.” Ken Robinson