A welcome message from our new Executive Headteacher
9 October 2020
Dear Parents, Carers and Students of Cleeve Park,
I would like to introduce myself as the new Executive Headteacher of Cleeve Park School from January. I feel incredibly privileged to be leading Cleeve Park School as we start 2021. I am in regular contact with Mrs Ray who is leading the school until I join. Her insight to the school has been valuable in enabling me to understand the school community before I start. I am grateful for her support and that of the senior team. Mrs Bonner who has previously held the role of Head of School has decided to revert to Senior Deputy and will remain a vital pillar in the leadership of Cleeve Park, as we go from strength to strength.
School feels very different due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but on my visits into the school have shown that the students are friendly, kind and keen to succeed despite the challenges we are all facing at the moment. Most have adapted well to this strange environment, and as parents I thank you for your support in that.
My view of education is based around my experience as a Headteacher but also as a parent. I have 2 children, and I have always worked in schools that I felt I could send my own children to - Cleeve Park is no different. I am confident that Cleeve Park offers the balance of academic and pastoral care that I would want my own children to experience and gave them the skills they needed for later life. I have one child at university and one completing an apprenticeship - there are many routes into the world of work and I truly believe in finding the best route for the individual child.
I make no apologies for high standards in every aspect of school life. School should be an exciting, engaging and positive experience for all. There will be things that you agree with and things that you do not, but having given the privilege of educating your child to Cleeve Park, I hope I can rely on you to support us to make appropriate and informed decisions based on sound educational experience. I expect students and staff to be smart, well mannered and respectful of each other. As in adult life, we have clear rules with consequences for those that do not follow them. All children make mistakes - that is part of growing up - however it is important that children learn from those mistakes and grow as a result. To do this there must be a strong partnership between parents and school. We must support each other to guide and educate the adults of tomorrow.
It is important that children are happy and secure in their learning. Education is a life long journey. I see it as our role to guide young people through that journey - avoiding the potholes, planning the route for the future and knowing when it is time to speed up or slow down. Sometimes these messages are difficult and it is important that we all understand that the goal is for young people to leave Cleeve Park with all the academic and social skills to be successful in whatever path they take in adult life.
I look forward to meeting many of you as I join the community at Cleeve Park.
Mrs A O’Donnell