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Welcome to the New School Year

04/09/2014

Welcome to the new school year! I hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing break.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and say how excited and proud I am at becoming the Principal of such a popular and valued school. I am keen to continue getting to know everybody; if you see me in the playground, please feel free to introduce yourself and have a chat. I operate an ‘open door’ policy and am happy to speak to parents at anytime, if available. If you prefer to make an appointment to see me for a specific issue, please contact the office. There will also be a good opportunity to meet me in a more social setting at the forthcoming PTA events.

As a teacher and leader I have always believed in a child-centered approach to education. Every child should and does matter and, as a school, we will endeavour to be pro-active in ensuring all the children understand how to stay safe, keep healthy and develop a love of learning to fulfil their potential.

Primary education is an important stage in children’s development. As well as giving them the essential tools for learning, primary education is about children experiencing the joy of discovery, solving problems, being creative in all areas of the curriculum, developing their self-confidence as learners and maturing socially and emotionally. Excellence in teaching and enjoyment of learning is at the heart of what we will be doing. Literacy and Numeracy remain vital, but I also wish to combine this with a rich and exciting curriculum. Our goal is a ‘challenge curriculum’, which develops, stretches, challenges and excites the children’s imagination. The richness of their learning comes not just from learning different things but learning in many different ways: out-of-doors, through cross-curricular links or by seeing, by hearing and by doing.

Partnership with parents is a powerful and vital tool in supporting children and helping family learning and I am keen to promote this in the forthcoming year. I am delighted to have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teaching and support staff.

The children have returned to school looking very smart and have settled quickly into their new classes and routines. At the end of next week, you will receive a letter from your child’s class teacher in which information and details of class activities for the Autumn term will be given.

I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received. I would also like to thank Mrs Wright, our previous Principal, for her hard work at Rudheath Primary Academy.

I look forward to working with everyone on some of the many exciting projects and initiatives that we have planned for the year. I know that Rudheath Primary Academy will go from strength to strength over the coming years and hope that your children and yourself will join us on that adventurous journey.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Ross
Principal