Anne Daniels, headteacher at Carleton House

If you’ve ever wondered what day-to-day life is like for the head of a primary school, here’s where you can find out. Anne Daniels, headteacher at Carleton House gave us a peek into her diary.

Monday starts with an assembly for the whole school. This always gets the week off to a flying start. It’s a great opportunity to hear everyone’s news and to look forward to the week ahead. We all sing happy birthday to those children celebrating and hear all about the parties they’ve had or are planning.

This morning I attend a forum on developing partnerships between the manufacturing industries and schools. It is held at Jaguar Halewood and is a very interesting event. We discuss what benefits a mutual partnership could achieve even at primary school level.
After school some of our pupils have Mandarin Chinese class. We’re very proud of the fact we have 28 junior pupils completing the 10-week programme, which is run in partnership with the Liverpool Confucius Institute (a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Hanban).

On Wednesday rehearsals are in full swing for our end of year production. This year the children will be performing ‘Hoodwinked’, which is based on the story of Robin Hood. The whole school is involved and all around you can see staff and pupils hard at work, busy painting scenery, singing, trying on costumes and practising with bows and arrows!

This Thursday is a very important day for our youngest pupils who are leaving nursery and moving up to reception class. Today is their ‘graduation’ day. They each wear a cap and gown and receive a certificate for graduating from nursery. It’s lovely to watch and provides parents with the chance to get another photo for the family album!

Over the summer holidays the nursery and reception class playground is to be refurbished so today I’m visiting those classes to discuss what plans our little ones have.  Requests for dragons and dinosaurs are duly noted.
Those children that have displayed lovely table manners all week will have lunch with me. We’ll have our own special table with flowers and serviettes and the children will be served at the table by me!

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