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Welcome from Mr Bashir
It gives me great privilege and honour to start the year writing to you all as the Principal of Shirestone Academy. I hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you a happy new year.
I feel a great sense of pride to be entrusted with the job of leading Shirestone Academy as your new Principal from January 2016. I have been fortunate enough in my career to work in some outstanding schools and with some extremely talented colleagues. I hope to bring some of the ideas and best practice I’ve learnt along the way to Shirestone Academy to build upon some of the great work that the school has already started.
Having an initial period in December to work alongside Mrs Grace, I have had the opportunity to speak to some of you, the children, staff and governors and was immediately struck by the school’s caring ethos and family atmosphere. For me, the needs of the children are always paramount in the life and decision making within a school. I strongly believe in providing the children with exciting, inspired and expressive learning experiences, which build their enthusiasm for learning and help them to grow and develop positively in a variety of ways.
My main aim will be to focus on ensuring that all children learn and progress remarkably well and experience the highest quality teaching and learning. I will ensure I have the most outstanding staff at Shirestone Academy. The school council children who interviewed me were excellent and asked some really challenging questions - they certainly knew what they wanted from their new Principal, so I certainly have my work cut out!
I think it is crucial to involve the children and their families as partners in their education. I am also keen on building a whole school community which thrives on mutual respect and values positive relationships. I have already spoken to many of you at the school gates and you have shared with me your passion for the school and how much you want to get involved. I feel extremely lucky that I have such caring and welcoming parents who want the best not only for their children, but other children and the community as a whole.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to speak to me, please feel free to book a meeting with me at reception and I will ensure I make time to meet with you.
Rest assured I will work tirelessly to ensure the school continues to flourish and maintains its welcoming, family feel where children are put first.
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