I am delighted to be the headteacher of Pakeman Primary School.

Every day I feel a great sense of pride in the children and their achievements. Our children are happy at school and enjoy learning. They have excellent attitudes to work, behave well and care for one another.

We take a holistic approach to the education of our children and during their time with us they make excellent academic progress. But the outcomes we achieve are much more far reaching than this; we also place great emphasis on developing the whole child through focusing on good manners, honesty, showing respect, cooperation and collaboration, taking responsibility for themselves and others, doing the right thing, being kind and generally being good people and good citizens. It’s wonderful to see them flourishing and thriving during their time at school.

We have a highly skilled and cohesive staff team who always put our children first and strive for excellence in everything they do. We have a positive, ‘can do’ attitude and adopt a solution-focused approach to overcome obstacles and enable all children and adults to achieve their full potential. We encourage children to be confident, independent learners, with ‘growth mindsets’ who understand that achieving success requires effort, practice and perseverance and that making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process.

As a school we are forward thinking and always looking for ways to improve through training, learning from best practice, partnership working and fundraising. This has led to several recent successes, including a science lab which is helping to inspire a new generation of scientists, inventors and engineers!

Our focus is on meeting, wherever possible, the individual needs of every child to ensure they develop the skills they need to reach their full potential and be ready for secondary school. We encourage parents / carers to be involved in their children’s learning as much as possible, and to work in partnership with us for the benefit of their children.

Visitors often comment on the positive atmosphere in the school and particularly how well-behaved, happy, and hard-working our children are. I am immensely proud of what we do here. Pakeman is a wonderfully diverse community with a real sense of family. It’s an exciting environment for working and learning.