Aysha Akif is full of enthusiasm for her new role as headteacher at Oakhurst Primary School.
Recognising that she has a big act to follow, after the school’s first ever head Dale Burr departed for a post in the USA in July, she said the time spent with him last term was invaluable.
“Oakhurst is a beautiful school; as soon as I visited for the interviews I knew I wanted to be part of it,” said Aysha. “The children are absolutely delightful and the staff team is so positive. Dale ensured I met parents and children in meetings, in the classroom and at the school gate. It was great preparation to lead the team.”
Aysha has been a teacher for 11 years after switching from a marketing and communications position at a shower company in Cheltenham where she comes from. Looking at sales figures all day was not a patch on the experience of a day volunteering in a school. She said: “Those few hours in school were incredibly rewarding and I knew the direction I wanted to go.
“I have a positive energy for helping children grow and develop as good people and that’s what I’m bringing to Oakhurst.”