New headteacher for village primary school

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 June 2018

Blagdon Primary School new headteacher Claire Golding.

Blagdon Primary School new headteacher Claire Golding.


Blagdon Primary School has a new headteacher who has already made a number of improvements for pupils.

Blagdon Primary School new headteacher Claire Golding.Blagdon Primary School new headteacher Claire Golding.

Claire Golding took a secondment at the village school for a year and has now been named as the head.

She has already begun developing the school and is looking forward to continuing her work.

She said: “I have so enjoyed my first academic year but it has not been without its challenges.

“I came here on secondment from Herons’ Moor Academy, where I have been for 13 years.

“To be truthful, I had not thought of moving on from there, but an opportunity arose and I took it.

“I am so glad I did. From the moment I arrived in Blagdon, I realised it was a special place.

“I felt so immediately welcome I knew I wanted to be here permanently.

“I am pleased to say my hopes have been realised.”

Some of the improvements she has already made include revamping the front playground and adding a mud kitchen.

The headteacher holds an assembly each week to reward pupils for their efforts and prizes are also given out to children who have done well in reading, writing and sport. One child is also presented with a trophy each week for demonstrating a value they have learnt.

She added: “We have started our first forest school for year ones.

“We have introduced a new maths scheme of work and are working on our mastery skills.

“I am looking forward to developing our reading curriculum and revamping our topic curriculum.

“I have found the children at Blagdon to be happy and filled with wonder. That is a truly beautiful thing.

“It has been my pleasure to continue to build on this by developing our school grounds. The front garden is now a place where children can play and explore. Our mud kitchen is now a thriving mud café.

“We have plans for a new climbing structure in the main playground. All this is made possible by the support of the community.

“I am so looking forward to continuing the work I have started at Blagdon.

“I would very much like to thank the whole community for their support of our wonderful school.”

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