Welcome from the Headteacher
Dear family and friends of Girton Glebe Primary,
I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher of Girton Glebe Primary School. It is a privilege to be asked to lead the school into the next phase of its improvement and growth. At the heart of my vision for the school is a commitment to maintaining a legacy of high academic attainment and refocus the school’s position at the centre of a vibrant village community.
I arrived at Girton Glebe in November from Chesterton Community College after joining Eastern Learning Alliance in September 2020. I have 10 years’ experience in education, with my most notable positions held at Mayfield Primary and Gretton School. My proudest accomplishment in education so far has been raising the profile of Mental Health and Wellbeing within a Primary setting and thus improving the provision – an experience and devotion I wish to commit to Girton Glebe.
As many of you are aware, this letter of introduction has been slightly delayed due to the arrival of my daughter. As a fellow resident of South Cambridgeshire and new father, I value and understand the desire for a school to offer their families stability and consistent leadership. We have a number of exciting plans being developed ahead of the 2022/23 academic year, but we will limit the number of significant changes, focusing on getting everyday routines and habits consistent and ensuring high quality teaching and learning – particularly pertinent as we come out of the impact of the national landscape of the last 2 years. The drive towards improving the school environment can also be observed in significant refurbishment projects currently underway.
I shall be a visible and approachable Headteacher; one who truly champions our students and their many successes and is committed to the long-term success of the school. In doing so, I am keen to harness the views and energy of our school community and will be holding regular parent forums in the months ahead through tea and coffee mornings.
I will continue to work closely with Miss Pyle as we move away from the interim co-Headship we have had in place since December. I have so thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this team, and it is partly down to this positive working relationship that helped my decision to apply to stay on at Girton Glebe. Collaboration with the existing and passionate staff at Girton Glebe, and the wider support we will continue to receive from ELA, will ensure a bright, prosperous future.
It is a privilege to be appointed and I look forward to working with you all in the coming months and years. In the meantime, please do introduce yourself to me if you see me around.
Welcome from the Executive Headteacher
I am delighted to introduce myself as Executive Headteacher with oversight of Girton Glebe.
Mr Butler and I are incredibly excited about the future of the school and building on the fantastic work he has done since moving to Girton Glebe last year. The recent Ofsted report rightly recognised the school’s many strengths, and having spent time here I can see it is a truly wonderful school. I have worked at Impington since September 2014 and have had the pleasure of welcoming many cohorts of Girton children into the College.
I am delighted to be able to work more closely with the school and to establish closer links between Girton Glebe and IVC. We hope that this will bring many benefits, including the provision of specialist teachers in MFL and other subjects, and a greater variety of extra-curricular activities offered by IVC staff. Most exciting is our intention to proceed with a candidacy application to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Girton Glebe from September 2024.
This will see Girton Glebe becoming the only state school in the region to deliver the PYP and will provide an opportunity for teachers to refine and augment the excellent curriculum resources they have developed over recent years, through the International Baccalaureate framework, to ensure that the student experience at Girton Glebe is truly world class. There will be lots more information released regarding this in due course.
Whilst Chris retains operational oversight of the school, I am enjoying spending more time at Girton Glebe and getting to know staff, pupils and parents.
In the autumn, to coincide with the launch of our candidacy application, Chris, myself and the team will be hosting a welcome event for all parents to learn more about the IB philosophy and how the implementation of the PYP will benefit families at Girton Glebe. I am looking forward to meeting many of you and to working with Chris on the next stage of Girton Glebe’s journey to excellence.
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