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NEWSLETTER—ISSUE 10 – 8th DECEMBER 2017
Good morning Everyone
By now, you will have received two important leƩers from me—one about school budgets and the other
about me leaving Hayﬁeld at the end of this academic year.
I am so privileged to have been the headteacher at this school for so long. I have absolutely loved working
with your children, yourselves, my governors and my fantasƟc staﬀ on making this school the warm, friendly,
vibrant learning community that it is. Hayﬁeld Primary is my second home, so I’m going to miss it! But the
Ɵme has come for me to step aside and make way for someone new, someone with fresh ideas and the ca-
pacity to lead the school onwards on its journey to excellence. Governors will ensure that this is someone
with the energy, drive and enthusiasm to face the challenges we all face today in educaƟon, someone that is
posiƟve about the future and will maintain the wonderful, caring ethos we have in our school today.
I am not leaving to pursue another career and I’m not going to another school. I simply need some Ɵme out
to spend with my family and give them all the much-deserved aƩenƟon that has been somewhat lacking if I’m
honest! My husband, who has been incredibly supporƟve of my job and the demands it places on me, said,
“It’ll be great to have my wife back.” And that about sums it up for me. Health and family are so very im-
portant and it’s Ɵme for me to redress the balance. I hope to conƟnue in educaƟon in some way but I’m not
thinking about that yet. For the next eight months, my aƩenƟon and focus will be on Hayﬁeld and ensuring
that your children are happy, safe and learning to the best of their ability.
The aspect of my job that I won’t miss at all is managing the budget. Lack of funding has been the main
frustraƟon for me at work this year. AŌer years of no investment in educaƟon and real term budget cuts,
schools and local authoriƟes are seriously feeling the pinch. Our school budget is well-managed; there just
simply isn’t enough money in the pot. There is rarely a day that goes by now that the word ‘funds’ (or lack of)
doesn’t enter our conversaƟons in the school oﬃce. This is not why I became a headteacher. I will always
ﬁght for money to ensure that the individual needs of our pupils are met but it is becoming increasingly
challenging to do so. We will conƟnue to look for grants and funding schemes to fund our ICT and grounds
maintenance and development projects. Our PTA will keep working hard, with your help, to make money to
spend on the things you believe will enhance the children’s Ɵme in school. But, ulƟmately, we need the
government to put more money into schools. Please look at the leƩer I sent to you, which schools across the
country are sending out to their parents, and write to JusƟne Greening. I’m sure a ﬂood of leƩers from
schools and parents will have an impact. We have to stand up and shout out about it, and make ourselves
Quick update on what’s been happening this week: the children have been carrying out end-of-term
assessments, so that we can look at where the gaps in learning are and address them as promptly as we can.
But it hasn’t all been about tests. Children have also been singing, learning lines, rehearsing and cooking, and
generally preparing for Christmas!