Mr Bob Buckley has taken the reins as head teacher of Abbey Meads Community School. “The reception from children and staff has been brilliant, and being here immediately feels like home,” he says.
Mr Buckley comes to Abbey Meads from Chippenham, where he was head of St Paul’s Primary School for 11 years. Prior to this he was deputy head at Robert le Kyng School in Swindon, and ran the Swindon Primary Schools’ football team.
Bob confesses to being very happy in Chippenham. “I only wanted to move to a school which matched my own ethos and philosophy,” he said, but admitted any feelings of reticence soon fell by the wayside.
“It was a very easy decision to make. I was sure within ten minutes of being inside the school when I came for interview. The children here are fantastic and the staff are wonderfully committed.”
Mr Buckley intends to continue in the footsteps of his predecessor Marilyn Brown and make sure full consideration is given to the child as a whole. “Of course test results are important,” Bob explained. “Yet there are more ‘r’s than just results – resilience and reciprocation are important qualities to bring out in children. Learning how to learn is just as important as learning content.”
Topic-based learning is a particular passion for the headteacher as this provides the opportunity to integrate many different subjects. “You can tell a class about archaeology, but if you take them out on a dig they can learn about history and geography too – and when they write up their report they’re doing science as well.”
Abbey Meads School has an excellent partnership with the local community, and with the prospect of the school becoming the new Children’s Centre for the area, Bob is looking forward to further opportunities to support people throughout their lives.
There are two vacancies for governors and the school is looking for input from business people from HR, building or architecture. For more information call 723239.