Tuesday, 26 September 2017

School needs bigger hall

THE new headteacher of Holy Trinity primary in Henley says her dream is to have a bigger school hall.

THE new headteacher of Holy Trinity primary in Henley says her dream is to have a bigger school hall.

Helen Jones, who joined the Vicarage Road school in September, wants parents to be able to watch school productions.

She said: “It’s all about being able to invite parents in to see their children perform and having the space for when they’re eating at lunchtime. At the moment the children can fit into the hall but you can’t get parents in at the same time.”

Mrs Jones said a new hall would need the support of parents and the wider community and it could be hired out to residents when not being used by the school.

The idea is part of her vision to improve the quality of provision at the school, which has 316 pupils and was rated good by Ofsted after its latest inspection. Mrs Jones, who was previously headteacher at Farnham Common Junior School, said: “It’s about getting excellence in the classroom and ensuring the learning environment is the best it can be. It will make children confident learners and, most importantly, they will enjoy their learning.”

The former NHS biochemist has a slogan stuck on her office wall saying “Being the best that you can be” and says this underpins her mindset.

Her strive for excellence includes the quality of teaching, technology, classroom furniture and displays and an enrichment programme that involves sports coaching as well as developing the school site.

“In the end it will be what the children will experience so they are ready for learning, resilient, responsible and resourceful,” said Mrs Jones. One of her first changes has been a reshuffle of the school house system, which until now has used the names of colours. A competition was held for pupils to come up with new names and to consider the school’s links to the town.

Mrs Jones, who lives in Windsor, said: “There’s so much in my head that I want to do but at the moment I’m just observing everything.

“What I’ve found while settling in is that the pupils are the most fantastic children, the parents are supportive and the staff are brilliant as well.”

She was deputy head at a primary school in Maidenhead and assistant headteacher at a large middle school in Windsor before spending five years at Farnham Common.

She replaced Roger Grant who has left to take up another head’s post.

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