Tuesday 9th June 2020
I am writing to you as the new Head teacher of Potters Green School after taking up post on Monday 1st June. It has certainly not been the usual start when taking up a new role within a school as we all find ourselves living in unprecedented times. As I will not be meeting many of our families in person until the school is able to return to a much more normal way of operating, I wanted to let you know a little bit about myself and look forward to meeting you all hopefully in the upcoming months ahead.
I was originally appointed as Head teacher to join Potters Green at the start of the Summer term but as the pandemic took hold, the Governors kindly agreed for me to start later so that I could ensure the school that I have left, were in a secure place moving forward, whilst at the same time working with Mrs Newman on planning the provision that Potters Green could provide. Mrs Newman and her team have worked closely with me to ensure a smooth transition for staff and pupils and this I have been very grateful for.
A little bit of information about myself: I am a mother of two boys who has lived in Rugby for over 26 years. I am originally from St. Helens in Merseyside and went to Birmingham University to study my degree. It was here that I met my husband and settled in Rugby. Although not a particular sporty person myself I have spent over 18 years on Rugby and Football pitches supporting my children even through the rain and snow. I have been a head teacher for the last 13 years in three schools and this has also included a primary school within Coventry. All the schools that I have worked in have had their own unique circumstances and had been on different stages of school improvement to ensure good outcomes for children.
I am passionate that children are placed at the centre of everything that we do at Potters Green. I believe in working closely with families and staff to provide the best support and provision for the children in our care. It is always a privilege to work with the children and enable them to identify their talents and support them in developing into the young people they wish to become.
It is clear to me, even in such a short time here, that Potters Green is a school with a big heart. I have been made to feel very welcome by the staff and am beginning to form relationships with the children. I look forward in getting to know and work with the school community so that we can provide the very best for the children whom we are here to serve.
If you see me around on the school site, please give me a wave and say Hello. I thank parents in advance for the changes that we have had to make regarding children coming back to school, eg different start and end times. It is really important that these are adhered to as we work towards social distancing and providing a safe and nurturing environment for the pupils.
Mrs Gillian Deery