Headteacher Jane Leo is taking on the challenge of opening the town’s latest primary school which is to be called Tadpole Farm Church of England School after a public vote.
Jane, pictured right with plans for the permanent Tadpole Farm school which should be open in January 2015. Below, at Redhouse Community School which will be temporary base from September.
Coming from a small Gloucestershire village school, her vision is to create a small school experience with a big world outlook.
Jane attended The Ridgeway School and grew up in Wroughton before getting married in Highworth. She worked in the financial services industry before retraining as a teacher, and has spent five years in her first headship at Horton School, Chipping Sodbury.
She has three daughters aged 23, 20 and 18. Commenting on her appointment Jane said: “It’s every head’s dream to open a brand new school, and when this opportunity arose I couldn’t ignore it.
“My personal challenge is to keep all the things that are great about a village school and introduce them into this bigger school. My experience before I came into teaching is also important and I want to have lots of visitors coming in to talk to the children about things that are beyond the formal curriculum.”
The winter storms prevented progress on building access roads to allow work on the school to start in time. It is not yet clear when the permanent site will be ready to welcome pupils, so they will begin in temporary accommodation at Redhouse Community Centre in September.
The first intake will be 60 reception children in two forms of entry, with a 52 place nursery providing morning and afternoon sessions.
The permanent school for 420 children when fully open is the responsibility of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust.
Construction of both the community centre and the permanent school is being undertaken by Wilmott Dixon.
Mrs Leo is setting up a base in North Swindon to meet parents and children and interview staff. To find out about places in the nursery unit and reception classes contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07733 264202.