From the Chair of Governors
I am sure that many of you will be aware that, sadly, we will sadly be
losing Roger Grant our Headteacher at the end of this term/school year.
Roger has been at Brightwell School for the last 6 years and is moving
on to take the head teacher role at Trinity Primary School in Henley
with which we wish him every success. I would like to take this
opportunity on behalf of the governing body to thank Roger for all his
hard work, commitment and total support of the school. Through his
leadership the school has made significant progress and in recent years
had very successful Ofsted and Church inspections. Recent pupil results
have confirmed that the school is on the cusp of being outstanding in
terms of achievement and standards - a clear reflection of Roger and all
the teachers’ hard work.
I am delighted to announce that we have been able to appoint a full time
acting Headteacher, who will start at the beginning of next term.
Angela Harbut is a highly experienced and fully qualified teacher.
Angela is currently Deputy Headteacher at Holy Trinity CE Aided Primary
School in Sunningdale, Berkshire. She has been at Holy Trinity since
1990 and has experience as acting as Headteacher during various times at
Angela also brings 18 years experience of Sunday school teaching at
Maidenhead Baptist Church including 12 years as joint leader of the
primary department (3 to 7 year olds). Angela’s initial appointment
will be for the first two terms at which point we will be able to assess
the progress of the head teacher recruitment.
From the Head Teacher: Fare Thee Well
Yes, after six good years as the Headteacher of your local primary
school, I am off to pastures new. Change of leadership is always an
unsettling time for those closely connected to a school but we are in
good shape here and I know Brightwell will continue to improve.
The Head of a small school, with a teaching commitment, has to be
prepared to muck in and be a Jack of all trades. And in this sense a
small primary school is both challenging and rewarding. It is a
privileged and powerful role to lead curriculum and staff development in
any school but there have been occasions when I have had to get down on
both knees and brandish the loo brush in the cause of cleanliness and
Brightwell is a lovely school full of great people. They are a delight
to be amongst and to work with - the children, parents, governors and
staff. However, there are several people and bodies whom I owe a
particular debt of gratitude and it would be remiss of me to leave
without recognising their contribution to my time here.
I have been extremely lucky always to have been fully supported by a
knowledgeable and hard working governing body led, in turn, by Ann
Cooper, Annabel Rodda, Sally Dugan and the current Chair, Simon Numphud -
The teaching and support staff have stood by me through thick and thin
and held fast to our vision of continuous improvement. A special mention
for Sue Mackinnon (Senior Teacher), Pip Shinner (Early Years Leader),
Mo Roberts (Senior Teaching Assistant), Jan Stevens (School Bursar),
Carol Higgs (Senior Lunchtime Supervisor), Debbie McLaughlin (Cook) and
Val Copus (Cleaner in Charge)- thank you all.
I also thank the Friends of the School (FOBS), a group of people, often
quite small in relation to the size of the parent body, committed to
providing the best for the school through selfless duty and fund
raising. There are several people I could list here so I hope you know
who you are- many thanks on behalf of the children and staff.
And much of what has been achieved latterly results from a close working
relationship with and expert guidance from Peter Callow, our School
Improvement Partner- thank you.
The school owes much of its caring and nurturing ethos from its close
ties with St Agatha’s Church and I would like to extend my appreciation
to all those who have helped in this regard during my tenure.
And last, but by no means least, a massive thanks to Mr Ron Wood, for
the amazing contribution this delightful man continues to make to
education in general and to our school in particular.
I am sure there are some people I have omitted to thank and if you are
one of these, please accept my sincere apology as I in turn would
welcome your forgiveness. Good luck for the future.