Welcome Letter from Mrs Alison Kerrell, Headteacher

Categories: Letters,News

Friday 5th September 2014


Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher of Great Bardfield Primary School.  The school is ready to move forward and I am excited to be leading the way on the next step of its journey to success.  We are very lucky at our school to have a highly experienced and dedicated team of staff who care deeply about nurturing and encouraging your children to achieve their very best.  I am looking forward to working closely with them to develop us as a strong and motivated team who will support, in partnership with you and our governors, all the children in our care to achieve their full potential.

I have been a teacher for twelve years.  For the past two years I was the Deputy Headteacher at Great Leighs Primary School.  I was proud to be part of a team that turned this school around from a Requires Improvement School to a Good School, within twelve months.  I also played a key role in the school securing an excellent grade for behaviour.  Prior to working at Great Leighs, I worked at Felsted Primary School and was fortunate to work with two inspiring Headteachers, Mr Lawrence Garside and Mrs Sylvie Ruck.  I have taught every year group and intend to teach as often as possible at Great Bardfield.  Through teaching each class I will get to know the children really well and  this ‘hands on’ experience will allow me to clearly understand how I can best lead the school.

Many of you will already have spotted the accent I’m sure, as I am originally from Co. Down in Northern Ireland.  Growing up I attended a strict convent grammar school where I was taught to have deep respect for others and a strong moral code.  I grew up through ‘The Troubles’.  This was a sad time but it has taught me the importance of being part of a cohesive community, where people work together to achieve a common goal.  I am married with two teenage children; my son is just starting his GCSEs in Year 10 and my daughter is in the final year of her A’levels.  As a parent myself I know that bringing up children, especially in today’s world, is not an easy task! Together with my team we will aim to understand and support you in every way that we can to navigate the sometimes tricky path, of being a the parent of a primary school aged child.

Our results this year have been pleasing and I intend to build on these and aspire my team to ensure that every child makes as much progress as they can and that as a school we are working towards exceeding the national attainment levels in all areas.  Of course children are individuals with many different talents and abilities. I fully intend to provide them with many varied and exciting opportunities to learn in different ways and to achieve high levels of self esteem through having lots of success.  I want children to be proud of and be enthusiastic about being part of our school.

I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas and I look forward to working in close partnership with you.

Kind regards,

Mrs Alison Kerrell
Headteacher