Meet the Head & Pupils
Head of Junior Boys
The school welcomed Dean Richards as Head of Junior Boys from September 2018.
"During my first year of Headship I have been constantly delighted to have had my very first impressions confirmed. 'Our boys are kind, enthusiastic, determined and very active. The common room is also talented and ready to provide inspiration both inside and outside of the classroom."
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES JUNIOR BOYS SPECIAL?
The boys are very proud of their school and equally but unpretentiously so, of their own achievements and the accomplishments of others. The teachers and staff have a wonderful ‘all in it together’ spirit which is reflected in their going that extra mile to notice, support, provide opportunities and build strong relationships with their pupils.
We have an 'I can do' culture. Aspiration, sparkle, progression, involvement and enjoyment allow our boys to 'achieve without anxiety'. Our well constructed academic offer from the earliest age encourages a lifelong love of learning. It is supported by a wide variety of cross curricular areas. Art, chess, drama, music, sport and after school activities provide fantastic opportunities for self-esteem to flourish and our amazing pastoral team provide a great cushion when life throws up its challenges.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BRING TO THE SCHOOL?
Continuity but also considered challenge. To promote and celebrate an ‘I can do’ culture. Ultimately, my aim is to build on the successes of the School the whilst making sure that everything we do is for the benefit of the boys.
WHAT'S THE MOST SATISFYING PART OF THE JOB?
I believe I have the best job in education - I am able to enjoy the boys excitement, enterprise and infectious energy. I adore the booming rap on my study door when boys burst through and demonstrate their learning, achievements and desire to impress. Being able to encourage so many with a word or a simple smile of acknowledgement has such a powerful effect.
hOW DO YOU THINK PUPILS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU?
I asked pupils in my last school and they described me as fair, honest, trusted and understanding. I was delighted that this year my new charges used caring and inspiring whilst Reception simply said, 'Big!'
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