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Andrew Whittaker

Head of Foundation and Primary
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Hello to the HeadStart community. I am delighted to be joining such a vibrant International School at such an exciting time in its development and I look forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff during this first year of what I trust will be the beginning of many more to come. I originally worked as a Stockbroker and then in Commercial Finance in the United Kingdom before I retrained, completing a four year BEd (Hons) degree at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom and have spent sixteen years teaching in the Independent sector there; the last seven years as Deputy Head of a Preparatory School in Hertfordshire. There are three guiding principles which I try to develop in all children and live my life by, these are: Self Reliance; Positive Thinking; and Leaving people and places in a better state than when you found them. I believe that in order to prepare our children to make a valuable contribution as citizens in their global society following these guiding principles will stand them in good stead; especially as it is expected that they will be using technologies as yet undiscovered and working in jobs and dealing with problems that have not yet been created. My wife and I have travelled many times to the beautiful country of Thailand, however, not since our daughter was born, so we are very much looking forward to introducing her to the wonderful people, food and places of Thailand and South East Asia. “It takes a village to raise a child” as the saying goes … and we here at HeadStart are in a partnership with you as parents in order to ensure your child achieves their true potential and to be the best that they can be – for there is a spark of greatness in everyone.

We believe in a well-grounded ambitious education that seeks to imbue students with the four key aspects of our community: integrity, responsibility, curiosity and endeavour.

We enable our students to look beyond what they feel is possible, both within and outside the classroom; we encourage an atmosphere of friendship, collegiality and mutual respect whilst also retaining the love of competitiveness which comes so naturally, and we require our students to engage with the wider world in preparation for their adult lives.

All of these aspects help every student to gain a genuine sense of self belief which will provide the strongest possible foundations for their future.

HeadStart Primary School aims to educate children in a warm and caring environment where the highest possible standards are set. The school aims to encourage boys and girls to achieve their individual best by gaining appropriate skills and awareness in order to be prepared for the next stage of their education.

In our view children will succeed when they:

  • Benefit from our collective responsibility to improve their life chances
  • Enjoy learning while engrossed in the curriculum
  • Have high expectations of themselves and their role in the community
  • Have a sense of belonging to their community
  • Participate in high quality learning experiences
  • Learn skills and knowledge which interest them
  • See themselves as lifelong learners
  • Have aspirations for their future
  • Feel cared for and understood
  • Feel valued as individuals
  • Feel safe and secure
  • Attend regularly

The aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens: we encapsulate this through our motto – ‘Inspiring a love of learning’.

Our Three Guiding principles

At HeadStart we try to incorporate three guiding principles in everything that we do – in our lessons, on the playing fields and at break times, as well as before and after school and when we are with friends and family. These principles are a recurring theme and they are embedded throughout our broad and balanced curriculum. They are:

  • Self reliance
  • Positive thinking
  • Leaving people and places in a better state then when you found them
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