Heads. Hearts. Minds.
To be a headteacher is to take on one of the most demanding leadership roles in the modern world today. The depth of knowledge, weight of experience and sheer breadth of skills required is simply enormous and, if truth be told, not for everybody. Luckily, the rewards, pride and satisfaction that come from shaping, guiding and transforming the lives of young people are correspondingly immense. It is a career path like no other. And at Primary First, we specialise in creating the conditions where visionary, creative and driven headteachers can thrive. Our heads take full responsibility for every aspect of their school. In return, the Trust grants them maximum freedom to pursue their vision in a culture that supports and challenges them to achieve the very highest standards for pupils, staff and the broader school community.
Louise became a teacher in 1999 fulfilling her childhood ambition. During her career, she has had the privilege to teach children from nursery through to Year 6 and believes teaching is the best job in the world! During this time, she has taken various leadership roles and became the Headteacher of the Barnehurst Federation of Schools in January 2019.
As a child, Louise was lucky enough to have teachers that inspired her with a love of learning and an education rich with knowledge, skills and positive learning attitudes. Education gave her the life chances and opportunities to live a happy, fulfilled and successful life.
As a Headteacher, this motivates her to ensure every child, regardless of background, benefits from the same chances she had through an education that inspires and challenges them to make the most of the opportunities the 21st Century will offer them. Through education, we not only make a difference to the individual child but will shape the future for us all. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Charlotte has recently become the Acting Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools, having previously been in the post of Deputy Head Teacher. During this time, Charlotte was part of a highly effective Leadership Team, which worked with drive and resilience to improve the school from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good with Outstanding features in Leadership and Management and Behaviour’, under the Ofsted Framework.
Ann-Marie is immensely proud to be Headteacher of Lessness Heath Primary School as she believes it is a wonderful place, full of excitement, vibrancy and enthusiasm. She began her teaching career in 2004 and in this time has had the opportunity to teach children across all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. She first joined Lessness Heath as an Assistant Head in 2016 and was appointed as Headteacher in October 2020.
She strives to provide a safe, happy and caring environment where pupils are given every opportunity to develop both academically and personally, achieving their full potential and finding their own way to shine. She encourages and inspires creativity, making each day in school count by providing meaningful experiences so that learning is enjoyable, purposeful and memorable. She believes that every child’s experience of school should be magical and she knows only too well how special and unique every single child is.
Ann-Marie cannot express just how highly she values working in partnership with families. She strongly believes that this positive relationship plays a vital role in children becoming the very best that they can be.
Rachel is incredibly proud to be the Headteacher of Mayplace Primary.
Rachel strongly believes that teachers have a moral responsibility to ensure that the education, provided is the best that it can be. The teaching and learning should be bespoke to a particular cohort or even an individual pupil if that is required.
It is critical that the curriculum delivered, prepares children for their next steps in life by supporting them in being enthusiastic learners who understand the importance of collaboration, problem solving, risk taking and resilience in the face of obstacles.
It is important that pupils, their families and staff members are happy and enjoy being part of the Mayplace community. For this to happen, they need to feel valued and part of something which has value. This holistic approach can ensure that children receive the best start in their school life.
Wayne has been in education for 16 years and in that time and feels that shaping children’s learning and their ability to flourish in today’s world is the most important professional duty he has.
He strongly believes that in the classroom, helping each child to achieve in many different areas has provides a great sense of achievement, and as a Headteacher it now runs through the ethos to ensure that the staff at Springhead Park Primary can do the same for all of their pupils.
In his time teaching he has taught hundreds of children and has found that every single one of them is individual. It is crucial that individuality is encouraged by fostering excellent relationships with children and their families. These strong relationships enable teachers to tailor their teaching to the needs of the pupils making it engaging both morally and emotionally and ensuring that pupils are supported and challenged to achieve more than they could aspire to.
Wayne feels that as educators it is ‘our role to ensure that children leaving our care are prepared to succeed in secondary school and in employment and as positively contributing members of their communities.’ To do this, he aims to ensure that education is a holistic approach, building a curriculum that will teach the whole child: their academic ability; their knowledge and understanding of the world and impact upon it; their positive attitudes and tolerant outlook on differences; their individual talents and abilities.
Monique has been in the Education sector for 21 years, working in Ireland and England. In addition to this Monique has worked in customer service management and recruitment. Throughout her time as a teacher she has worked in schools with specialist provisions for children with social, communication and language needs and behavioural needs and has a passion for this area of children’s development.
As both a Deputy and Head teacher Monique has worked in areas of high deprivation and with her drive and determination, ensured that these schools gave the children the opportunity to thrive and succeed. As a school leader, she forms effective teams and creates a clear shared vision for the school. Monique’s drive and energy is at the heart of school improvement.
Since joining the Trust in January 2017 as the Head teacher of The Academy of Cuxton Schools, the schools have secured two Ofsted judgements of Good and Good with outstanding features. Monique took over the Headship at Wainscott School in April 2020 and is enjoying the challenges this new role brings.
Monique’s drive to ensure all children can access learning means that Wainscott School have a growing reputation of being an inclusive community. She is very proud of the hard work and effort staff make, to ensure families at Wainscott get high quality academic, social and emotional support on a daily basis.
Mags is the headteacher of Westcourt Primary and Nursery School and is driven by the belief that all children need to be given the same opportunity to learn and succeed. As the leader of a school in a challenging area it is imperative that pupils have consistency and routine in school. This allows them to learn and ensures that they feel safe and secure within the school environment.
She is passionate that pupils take ownership of their learning and that they have strategies in place for when it is challenging, knowing that making mistakes is part of learning. Pupils need to be given opportunities beyond the curriculum, it is therefore important that they are given opportunities to go on trips and to have visitors into school.
It is her responsibility to model the high standards that are expected from staff and pupils alike. This includes the everyday, such as the use of manners, to dealing with difficult and challenging situations. Positive wellbeing is key to all that is done in school.