I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Headlands Church of England Junior, Infant and Nursery School. I feel very privileged to have been appointed by the Governors, with the support of the Local Authority and the Diocese.
I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself to you, and to express my enthusiasm for the exciting times ahead.
My name is Ashleigh Dunn and I am currently Headteacher of a large primary school in Leeds; prior to this I was Headteacher of a smaller primary school within the same multi-academy trust. I have had many happy and successful years in my current role and, although I will be very sad to leave, I am excited about the opportunity to lead your school. I am originally from the North East of England but have lived in North Yorkshire for the past thirteen years. I am married, have two wonderful teenage children and a very energetic cavapoo! I love reading, being active and outdoors, walking my dog and spending time with my family (we really enjoy playing board games!).
Headlands CE Junior, Infant and Nursery School is a wonderful school and it goes without saying that I want to build upon these firm foundations. I will be sharing my ideas about school development in due course. However, what is central to my vision is an understanding that strong and trusting relationships between parents, staff, pupils and the wider community is critical to the success of the school. By working together, we can ensure that our children thrive during their time at Headlands and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful and ‘live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
I am optimistic that, as restrictions are lifted, parents, carers and visitors can once again be welcomed into school. Alongside the usual school events, I am hopeful that we can hold some informal coffee morning/drop in sessions during the Autumn Term, which will provide an opportunity for us to meet. In the interim, please introduce yourself when you see me in the playground before and after school each day from September.