Saturday, 04 December 2021
A NEW headteacher has taken over at Checkendon Primary School.
Sarah Hillier succeeds Gillian Seymour, who had worked at the school for 15 years, seven of them as headteacher.
She was previously assistant head at Fir Tree Junior School in Wallingford, where she worked for 15 years, first as a teaching assistant and then a teacher.
Mrs Hillier, who started at the beginning of this term, said: “It has been great so far — the people are so lovely, friendly and helpful.
“I’m lucky to have such a warm community of parents, teachers, governors and children to welcome me.”
She said she wanted the children to feel welcomed, valued and engaged but also to be pushed “academically, spiritually, physically and artistically”.
“We want our pupils to know that the work they will be asked to do in our classrooms will be challenging but in doing so they will feel safe and protected,” said Mrs Hillier.
“We want them to eagerly accept challenge because taking risks and making mistakes helps growth.”
She said that, where possible, she would involve the children and their parents in key decisions.
“From my experience as a parent and teacher, I know that a successful and happy school is built on a partnership between home and school,” said Mrs Hillier.
“I am also keen to form strong links with the local area and continue to ensure the school remains at the heart of the community.”
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