The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mark Ratch­ford has taken over as head­teacher at Market Deeping Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School this Septem­ber and is al­ready look­ing for­ward to forg­ing greater links with the com­mu­nity.

The school has been iden­ti­fied as the growth school to cater for planned build­ing work tak­ing place in the town.

The school pre­vi­ously had space for two classes per year group, but over time num­bers fell and the site has seen the in­cor­po­ra­tion of The Chil­dren’s Cen­tre and Mad­caps Out Of School Club.

There are plans for a new school hall and an ad­di­tional class­room which will be com­pleted by Septem­ber 2018.

Mr Ratch­ford has been teach­ing for over 20 years, in­clud­ing nine years as a head­teacher.

He has re­cently moved to Market Deeping and looks for­ward to mak­ing close links with the com­mu­nity and other schools in the area.

“Market Deeping Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School is well placed to cater for ex­pan­sion in the town,” said Mr Ratch­ford. “We have ex­cel­lent teach­ers and con­sis­tently high aca­demic re­sults over the past few years. I am look­ing for­ward to build­ing ca­pac­ity to en­sure we de­velop on these strengths as well as widen­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for pupils. I be­lieve sport, mu­sic and com­mu­nity spirit to be as im­por­tant as aca­demic at­tain­ment.

“Ev­ery child, and per­son work­ing with our chil­dren, should be chal­lenged to be­come re­silient, self- re­flect­ing learn­ers. We are a ‘com­mu­nity’ pri­mary school and that should be at the heart of all we do,” he added.

Sue Br­yars, the chair of gover­nors added: “The gover­nors were de­lighted to be able to ap­point Mr Ratch­ford. He is an ex­pe­ri­enced head who has al­ready made an im­pact, for ex­am­ple he knew al­most ev­ery child’s name by the end of the first week. We look for­ward with con­fi­dence to the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of the school un­der his lead­er­ship.

“As the school ex­pands we will be look­ing to re­cruit new staff to work with our happy team and con­tinue to sup­port and of­fer chal­lenge to the chil­dren.”

Mr Ratch­ford with some pupils

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