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My day: As head of a busy independent primary school, there is no such thing as a typical day. The joy of being in primary education is that every day is different and interesting.
However, when I arrive at school I usually pop into the staffroom to say good morning; it’s also an opportunity for staff to have an informal chat with me if they wish to.
After checking e-mails and messages, I may be meeting parents before the school day starts, then it’s on to assembly! Children sometimes lead the assembly, we could be celebrating birthdays, sporting success or simply enjoying time together.
When assembly has finished I may be taking prospective parents around school. I am always thrilled when they comment on the warm, purposeful atmosphere and the high standards of attainment and behaviour that are evident throughout the school!
At morning break I’ll grab a quick coffee in the staffroom; this is a good time to catch up with my leadership team in an informal way. Then I’m at the ‘chalk face’ as I teach English to our Year 6 pupils. I love teaching our oldest pupils; it enables me to get to know them really well, to give good advice to them and their parents when choosing secondary schools and I enjoy my subject.
Lunchtime may include a whole staff or Key Stage meeting, or provide a chance to relax and reflect.
The afternoon is time to catch up on paperwork, meet the directors of the school and towards the end of the school day, meet parents to discuss any concerns or personal issues that they may have. I believe that it is vital for a school leader to be visible and available in order to maintain positive professional relationships.
After school is a time for planning and preparation, for catching up with paperwork and colleagues in other schools within the Independent Schools Association. I am area co-ordinator for ISA North, so colleagues contact me for advice or just to talk over something that has arisen at their own school.
In the evening, my husband and I chat about our day over dinner, then we may watch something on television – Silk is a favourite at the moment – read, or listen to music.
What is the favourite part of your job? I enjoy my job, it would be very difficult to choose a favourite part.
What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now? My dream job is doing what I do now at The Firs School.
How do you relax when you are not working? At the weekend I relax by going to watch Sale Sharks rugby team – we have season tickets. I enjoy shopping and on Sunday, I’m part of the Junior Church team at St John’s, Sandiway. I am also trying to learn to speak Italian.
What is your favourite film? Gone With The Wind.
What is your favourite book? The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mr Golightly's Holiday by Sally Vickers.
What is your favourite song? Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee. This was playing when I met my husband.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Emma Thompson
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