The new headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Glossop has set out his vision for the school, with pupil wellbeing at the top of the agenda.
Paul Ackers was previously executive headteacher at St Mary’s and St John Fisher CVA in Derby for 18 months before being appointed as headteacher at St Mary’s at the start of the academic year. Prior to that he was a headteacher at a school in Leigh, Greater Manchester as well as holding roles previously as a deputy headteacher and assistant headteacher.
He said: “The wellbeing of our pupils, staff and our community is our top priority. During the beginning of term children spent time exploring the text Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers which afforded them the chance to reflect on all that is wonderful about our world.
“Children also spent time re-visiting the school mission statement and teachers built in lots of opportunities for discussion. Outdoor areas were also maximised and extra ‘wellbeing and mindfulness’ sessions were actioned too.”
Mr Ackers said that since taking over he had been impressed by the pupils and the way in which they conduct themselves.
He said: “Our children are phenomenal. The school is so welcoming and the children’s behaviour is outstanding. They are just lovely, polite, well-mannered children and we really want them to believe in themselves.”