Diary of a Head Teacher
Hi. I am Miss Fi Dowley and I have been the lucky Headteacher of this school since September 2009. However, I was appointed way back in February 2009 and had to wait for 5 months before being able to take up this position. A very long time! I love being at this school. There is such a buzz of excitement when you walk through the door, no matter what time of day. It really is a fun place to be.
The staff here are always happy and you can often catch them singing away early in the morning!
You will often see me first thing in the morning on the gate with my cup of coffee. I try to be out there from 8.20am onwards to welcome you into school.
I am out there in all sorts of weathers from rain to snow to bright sunshine. Sometimes, if I have meetings, Miss Farrow or other members of staff will go on the gate instead.
We have an open school policy here and my door is always open. You can ask me questions when I’m on the gate or pop in to see me at any time. Sometimes you might have to make an appointment but generally I can see you there and then.
I make sure that I get to know all the children and both parents and children are very patient whilst I practice names – often getting them confused. I teach all the classes including nursery which gives me such an insight into the fabulous learning taking place in this school. I quite often take classes for stories or to release staff. I take assembly every Monday and on Friday I take our celebration assembly which is so special. Here we celebrate birthdays and our 'Sparkly Fish' Award. Parents are invited to come and we like to end it with S Club 7’s ‘Reach for the Stars’.
I take the school and nursery for singing during the week and do a playground duty when we are short staffed. I am in and out of the classes daily seeing what is happening. I am very nosey and if I hear the children having lots of fun, I love to know what they are doing.
The children are always coming to visit me in my office with their fabulous achievements. This is one of my favourite parts about being a Headteacher. I get to see how hard they have been working and chat about their learning! I have some very special stickers which they get.
|I also have a bear called Billy who helps me look for children who are really trying hard. He then spends the week with them having fun. The children write all about his week in his diary. He has a passport and has even been to Lapland and met Father Christmas.|
I really love being at this school and hope you do too.