Rose Carberry, who took over as headteacher of Westlea Primary School at the start of the January term has declared that change under her leadership will be careful and slow.
Joining as only the fourth head in the 30 years since the school opened she is conscious that the positive atmosphere needs to be preserved yet she will be responsive to the constant change taking place in education.
Mrs Carberry was headteacher of Northleigh Primary in Malvern which was ranked in the top 100 primary schools in England and Wales in 2010, before departing to be a part time teacher training lecturer at the University of Worcester, whilst looking after her young son.
Pictured: Rose Carberry with youngsters at Westlea.
She and her husband relocated to Swindon last October so that her six year old could start in Year 1 at Westlea.
“I’m originally from Kent and had always wanted to live in Wiltshire, so when the opportunity came up at Westlea I jumped at the chance,” said Rose.
“The wraparound childcare at the school was a bonus, but the key attraction was the super atmosphere I felt when I was interviewed. There is such a committed, hard working staff at the school as well as polite and respectful children, it was such an honour to offered the headship.
“I’m not the kind of person who introduces change for change’s sake. There is enough of it in education all the time, so our challenge is to adapt to those demands, whilst not losing the special qualities that Westlea is known for.
“At my interview the school council were concerned that the trips, outings and residential weeks the children enjoy would be changed and I was glad to assure them that they are a highlight of their time at Westlea so it’s important to keep them.”
Rose has introduced a weekly attendance award and a star of the day in each class. Westlea is part of the Link Academy with Millbrook, Peatmoor and Shaw Ridge primaries, which gives them independence to be flexible in how the curriculum can be adapted to suit the needs of each school.
She is attracted to the international curriculum which emphasises the skills children need to have before they move onto secondary school.
Fifteen schools in Malvern are involved with the Tanga region of Tanzania and Rose would also like to build on her connections with funding from the British Council’s connecting classrooms programme.
“I went to Tanzania on a number of occasions and we welcomed teachers from Tanga,” she said. “Being involved in and sharing work and ideas with another country is a moving experience and broadens perspectives for children, parents and teachers.”