Jun 17 2014

Whitchurch First School – The Headteacher Writes…

harrow_council_logoFollowing on from the news that the Headteacher of Whitchurch First School and Nursery had been suspended recently, we wrote to the school asking for copies of Governing Body meetings, as well as the ‘internal audit report’ that the school had, for the circumstances surrounding Mrs Winstrom’s (and her LinkedIn profile can be found here, along with her RateMyTeacher comments, here)) resignation.

The school has, so far, ignored that request.

However, the Interim Headteacher, Michael Baxter (LinkedIn profile here) did publish a letter on their website, which is below:

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to you to introduce myself as the Interim Headteacher at Whitchurch First School and Nursery.

I had the opportunity to meet with many of you this morning on the playground and I was overwhelmed by the support you want to offer the school, the children and each other during this difficult time. I know that many of you are surprised to read the news in yesterday’s letter. For many of us in school it has been a period of coming to terms with the sudden changes, but for all of us we need to focus on making sure that the children in our care continue to experience an exciting curriculum and learn well. We want all our children to enjoy the end of the academic year and prepare for their next steps.
These could be troubling times, but together we can make sure that we remain positive about the school, the staff and our children’s learning.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]I know that many of you are surprised to read the news…[/pullquote]

Whitchurch First School and Nursery is a great school to be working and learning in and we will, as a team, continue to provide your children with the very best possible learning opportunities. At the same time the Senior Leadership Team will be working to ensure that the arrangements are in place for children to get off to a flying start in September.

Of course, I will continue to be on the playground at the beginning and end of the day, talking with you and just as importantly, listening to you.
A number of parents have asked me about my background, as have the children! (their questions are very candid!). I have been working with children for over 36 years, as class teacher, a Headteacher of both Primary Schools as well as Infant and Nursery schools. I have been a Parent Governor and have worked for the Department for Education as well as with the London Borough of Harrow. My wife is a Headteacher in Shropshire and my two sons both work here in London.

Just to remind you that the PTA is organising the school Summer Fair for Saturday 21 June and your continued support for this fund raising event is much appreciated.

Mrs Hansberry has been collecting and counting the Sainsbury’s vouchers. She has asked me to make one final appeal to search wallets and purses, down the back of the car seat and go through shopping bags for any vouchers. We need to send them on the 1 July so if you can get them to us by then, we would be very grateful.

We are also holding a session for the New Reception parents on 3 July at 1.20pm and I look forward to meeting with you then.

Of course we will offer you the most up to date information in our next newsletter. Please refer back to the May newsletter which is on the school website.
We will continue to keep you in touch with events in school, and please feel free to contact us. You can always log into Fronter or the school website, as well as catch up on the playground, through the notice board and of course, newsletters.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you for the words of support you have offered. I look forward to working with the entire staff team, and yourselves to give your children the education and care they deserve.

Kind regards,
Yours sincerely
Mr Michael Baxter
Interim Headteacher

It seems that Mr Baxter does have a strong history of school management, and so far, he seems to have the right ideas. However, it would certainly be interesting to see what happened to the previous incumbent – we hear all kinds of rumours – so it would be good to get to the bottom of what happened there.

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