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Proud to Be Part of the Grange Junior School Community

9 September 2019
Proud to Be Part of the Grange Junior School Community

As the new academic year begins, I’m delighted to be starting my first as the principal of Grange Junior School. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our school’s wonderful community.

Over the coming weeks, I will be writing a series of blog posts outlining my vision for the school and the path to making Grange Junior School the finest in the area. But first, I would like to tell you a bit more about myself.

Before joining Grange Junior School, I was the deputy headteacher at Sun Hill Junior School in Alresford, Hampshire. Having spent two successful years in the role, and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the day-to-day running of a junior school, I wanted to take the next step and become a principal.

Leading Grange Junior School was an opportunity I simply couldn’t turn down. I am excited to bring my junior school expertise to the role and put it into practice at such an exceptional school.

My teaching career has, so far, spanned 24 years. During this time, I have worked at a variety of inner-city and suburban schools, honing my skills in each role to become the teacher that I am today. Over the last 24 years, I have also developed a passion for inspiring children with a love for learning, and this will be one of my key aims as the new principal of Grange Junior School.

As a parent of two children myself, both of whom are currently studying at university, I understand the perspective of parents. One crucial aspect of the principal-parent relationship is trust and dependability. I take pride in being a reliable teacher — when I say something will be done, I get it done.

As I previously mentioned, you can expect to see a series of blogs published on the school website over the coming weeks. Some of the topics will include:

  • Implementing New Grange Junior School Values
  • Believing in Values-based Education
  • Nurturing and Further Enhancing Our Staff
  • Engaging the Community to Continue Our Progress

The publication of these blogs is the beginning of our school’s increased focus on improving communication with our community. This will primarily be done through our school website and our Twitter profile. So, if you don’t already, please take this opportunity to follow us on Twitter.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Tracy Knight for making my transition a smooth process and congratulate her on a great job as interim principal. I’m excited to build on the excellent progress the school made during Tracy’s time in charge.

As I begin my headship, I will also be doing a lot to learn more about Grange Junior School, our pupils, their families, and the community so that I can steer the school in the right direction.

If you have any questions or queries, I would love to hear them, so please contact the school on 01793 822405.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Kirsty Dickenson

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