New head teacher wants school to ‘fly’
Ambitious plan intends to push up excellence levels
A NEW head teacher is determined to improve a secondary school, with changes already planned for this year.
Students welcomed new staff member Catherine Davies of Chalfonts Community College, in Chalfont St Peter, for the new term, which started today (Thursday).
Mrs Davies, a former social worker, aims to place the college ahead of grammar schools in Bucks.
She said: “There is lots of fantastic work, but we need to move forward.
“There have been massive changes to the curriculum. I fully intend to get the same levels of excellence [as grammar schools]. We are going to fly and give them a run for their money.”
Mrs Davies was raised in foster care in Belfast before moving to England, where she has lived for 28 years.
She says her own time in school was disappointing and she left without any qualifications.
However, she went on to get four degrees, including a first degree in English.
“I could not read or write when I was eight,” she said.
“Now I’m one of the most qualified teachers in the country. If I can do it, how many children are out there who have not achieved their potential?
“There will be no glass ceiling of expectations. I have seen kids who were predicted Ds get A*s.”
Mrs Davies was previously head teacher at a college in Lancashire.
Driven by her Christian faith, she will focus on ‘spiritual and moral aspects’ of children to help their academia, as well as keeping a stringent policy on uniform presentation.
“No child will walk past me with their top button undone,” she said.
“My aim is to set high aspiration standards in
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their conduct, then academic success comes from that.”
Changes to the school include introducing a prefect to every year, allowing children to join staff meetings occasionally and keeping an ‘open door’ policy for parents who will not need to book appointments with teachers. An ‘employability coach’ will join the school and prepare students for the world of work.
Mrs Davies, who will also work as an English teacher, added: “It is a pleasure to work with this community.”
She encourages parents to join Twitter and follow @CCChalfonts. A GROUP which helps people affected by cancer will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a big party.
The Gerrards Cross and District Macmillan Cancer Support Committee will hold The Candlelight Ball at Stoke Place Hotel, in Stoke Poges, on Saturday, September 20.
The group has raised more than £500,000 since it was established and will continue fundraising at its ball with a charity auction.
Auction lots on the evening include a guided tour of Pinewood Studios, followed by lunch at the studio’s restaurant and a six-course dinner cooked at the buyer’s home by award-winning chef Scott MacRae.
Tickets cost £50 and include a welcome drink, three-course meal with wine, coffee and petit fours and entertainment. All profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Call 01753 892 303 or email information macmillancandlelight firstname.lastname@example.org to book tickets.
MOVING FORWARD: New head teacher Catherine Davies and year seven student Bisma Shah