It is a privilege to be head of a happy, caring and successful school, which has in it so many great people, both young and old.
I believe strongly that a values driven, co-operative approach to learning, based on traditional values of honesty, openness, respect, equality, social responsibility and caring for others is the key to creating an ethos where everyone is valued as an individual. When this happens, young people become confident in their own abilities and are able to express themselves to a greater degree. This is the point where children become successful and happy students.
My career has been based on this philosophy of learning and I have worked in a variety of leadership positions in schools through to regional and national level. However, it is in Stoke where I began my teaching career – spending the best part of 10 years working in the city.
As a parent I understand the importance of finding the right school – a school that you can trust with both the day to day care of your child and their educational development; a school that your child will enjoy and feel happy within; a school that will give your child the best start in life.
At Haywood we believe that this is our mission. We are a special place of learning, looking to excel in everything we do – never happy with what we have achieved, always eager to improve with a steely determination to succeed. In a town with such rich heritage, we encourage our community to embody the words of one of the great Victorian poets – Tennyson, who wrote “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”.
If Tennyson was a poet today, he would use different words, but none the less, that same message would be evident – not to give up and be the best you can be. This is our philosophy at Haywood, one that I know you will share with me.