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New heads settling in well
7:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
‘OPPORTUNITIES’ is the buzzword for two new head teachers who are settling in well at their respective schools.
Despite moving from Lancashire to take up the reins at Greenfylde First School, for Claire Oaten, Ilminster is a home from home.
Her great-uncle, Douglas Tancock, was head of the town’s secondary modern school for 23 years, between 1948 and 1971, and a number of her relatives live in the area.
Miss Oaten said: “It’s lovely to be able to continue the tradition – our family has been involved with education in the area for many years.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity to work at such an outstanding, supportive school.
“For me, it’s about carrying on the care, attention and high learning standards for all the pupils.
“I am looking forward to working with and for the people of Ilminster.”
A few miles away, Nick Arnold has just begun his first headship at Buckland St Mary Primary School. Although nestled away in the village, the school is a hive of activity.
He said: “I am really excited about the school and I am thrilled to be here. “We have many plans which we are already putting into action to ensure the children achieve success and are given as many opportunities as possible.
“I have been really heartened by the support from parents and the community. We are working hard to develop those links further, including with the church, which we are going to be using twice a week.”
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