Always a Whitefielder

Jill Wright was appointed as Headteacher at Whitefield Primary School in July. Jill has had a rather unusual career path as she joined Whitefield as an NQT in 1990 and having taken on many roles in school and several secondments, she has always returned to Whitefield.

Jill said: “I am very proud to now be the headteacher of this wonderful school”.

One of the most interesting roles Jill has enjoyed was as a nursery teacher in Dodoma, Tanzania. Her knowledge of outstanding EYFS provision and Swahili improved considerably during this time! It is still Jill’s belief that EYFS is one of the most important places in the school and that a solid foundation is essential to the future success of children.

At Whitefield Jill is delighted to work in partnership with Early Excellence to improve the life chances of its children. Jill has also worked as an English advisory teacher for the LA and supported schools with curriculum development and English. She is a trained reading recovery teacher and reading is her passion.

Gill said: “I believe that every child can and should learn to read. Reading gives our children access to a world of knowledge and experiences which will enable them to life full lives which make the most of their opportunities.”

Leading a school in the current circumstances is certainly challenging but at Whitefield Jill knows that the school is much more than a building; it is a family. Its children have returned to school excited and happy and all staff are delighted to welcome them back.

Jill added: “As we move forward we have many things to look forward to. Whitefield has been shortlisted for Pearson School of the Year and we are working towards World Class Schools status. We are developing our attachment and trauma approach to learning and being assessed for the Rights Respecting Schools gold award in November.

“I am very proud of the children, staff and parents and I am looking forward to growing and developing our school to provide the best possible education for our children.”

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