New head vows to make learning fun

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Gill Humphriss, the new head teacher at Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School. Photo: Mark Williamson. (H53/9/17/1518)

THE new headteacher of Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School hopes to fulfil a vision that all children enjoy their learning, as well as achieve the best they can, both academically and socially.

Gill Humphriss took over as headteacher at the school, in Broad Street, on 1st September.

She said: “My philosophy is that pupils enjoy learning and have fun, but also achieve academically and socially.

“Every child has different skills and abilities and the curriculum should be tailored to each child. I also want Stratford Primary to be the centre of the community.

“We work very closely with the RSC and businesses within Stratford to give children different experiences.”

Over the academic year, Mrs Humphriss is looking forward to seeing the children’s library develop in the school, as committee members of the Friends of Stratford Primary (FOSP) continue their fundraising for the project.

She is also proud that the butterfly garden won in the school’s category of Stratford in Bloom’s 2017 competition.

In May 2015, Stratford Primary was rated inadequate by Ofsted, but since March 2016 it has been a member of the Community Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust comprising of 13 schools; eight primaries and five secondaries.

At Mrs Humphriss’ previous school, Eckington C E First School in Worcestershire, where she was headteacher, she maintained a good Ofsted and the school achieved an outstanding church school rating in a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspection.

She said: “The trust is very supportive. We are ready for the call from Ofsted, we are a really strong team — the staff are proactive and really love their school. Everyone just wants the best for the children, as do the parents.”

Mrs Humphriss, who has a 23-year-old son, was headteacher at Tudor Grange Primary Academy, in Haselor, from April 2011 to December 2015.