New headteachers at two primary schools

IN THE HOT SEAT: New Great Waldingfield Primary School headteacher Tina Horsford with some of her pupils.
IN THE HOT SEAT: New Great Waldingfield Primary School headteacher Tina Horsford with some of her pupils.

Hundreds of children from two primary schools welcomed new headteachers to their schools starting this term.

Tina Hosford joined Great Waldingfield Primary School following the retirement of former headteacher Angie Jones, while Drew Quayle took over from Christine Furniss at Bures Primary School.

Mr Quayle was previously deputy headteacher at Pot Kiln Primary School in Sudbury for two-and-a-half years before being appointed headteacher at Bures, which has 215 pupils and 11 teachers.

At 31, he agrees he is probably one of the youngest headteachers in Suffolk, only starting his career in teaching six years ago.

Living in Sudbury and married to Alexandra, with two children – Esme, three, and Rupert, 18 months – Mr Quayle said was looking forward to working with parents, staff, governors and the community to build on the school’s “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

“First and foremost, I would like to say a huge thank you to Christine Furniss for all the excellent work she has done,” he said. “She did so much for the community and was dedicated to the school and she built up a good team.

“Everyone here has been very welcoming and I am excited to be in this role. Bures is such a strong community and the school has excellent links with the church and local businesses.”

Mr Quayle said the first thing he did was to find out what people think about the primary school.

“We are currently asking parents and working with staff and governors and the community and we want their views on what they think about the school and what they see as the vision for the future,” he said. “I am really interested in collaborative work.”

Mr Quayle started as a paediatric nurse but switched to teaching in 2007 when he moved to Essex to teach at St Andrew’s Primary School in Great Yeldham, working as an advanced skills teacher for two-and-a-half years. He then moved to Sudbury as deputy head at Pot Kiln.

Meanwhile, Mrs Hosford said she had been “overwhelmed” by the welcome she had received at Great Waldingfield Primary School.

“The children I am working with are delightful and all the parents have been very supportive,” said Mrs Hosford, who previously worked as an acting and deputy head in Essex.

“I have been very busy getting know the people and the community.”