THE newly-appointed headteacher of two schools in Portchester says her aim is to ensure both of them become ‘outstanding’.
Carol Walters took over this week as the executive headteacher of Northern Junior and Northern Infant Schools.
They have combined as federated schools this term but will stay as separate buildings.
Mrs Walters has more recently been working in education for Hampshire County Council in a bid to help improve schools.
Now, she is hoping that the schools, which were both rated ‘good’ in the last inspection, will receive top marks next time round.
She said: ‘I have been a headteacher before.
‘You feel that you can make a difference to a lot of children in a lot of schools.
‘I missed being with the children and being in a school and being part of the community.
‘I thought it was an exciting opportunity that I wanted to be a part of.
‘It’s a very exciting time because the two schools are federated. We want to keep the real identity and ethos of the schools.
There’s a strong ethos to caring for the children.’
And she added that federating the schools gives everybody a chance to work together more.
‘The teachers from both schools have the opportunity to work in both,’ she said.
‘It’s about sharing that experience. It’s a great learning environment.’
The federation also makes the transition from different schools easier for the children.
Chairman of governors Richard Ryan said: ‘I’m pleased to welcome Carol to the school. I’m confident that she’s going to be an exceptionally good head.
‘We’re looking forward to working very well and very hard with her to make sure that these two schools become outstanding schools.
‘We have the leadership in place to be able to do that.’