Top marks for headteacher who finished course first

Roxanne Vines, Alan Mak and pupils at Mill Hill Primary School
Roxanne Vines, Alan Mak and pupils at Mill Hill Primary School

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A PRIMARY school teacher has won praise for graduating from a leadership programme to become a headteacher.

Roxanne Vines, who is headteacher of Mill Hill Primary School in Stakes, Waterlooville, graduated from a Future Leaders Trust leadership scheme.

The programme is run by a national charity that trains outstanding senior teachers to become headteachers in three years or less.

Ms Vines said she was delighted with the accolade, and said the programme had put her in good stead for her new position at the school.

She said: ‘I’m enjoying my time as a new headteacher, and the future leaders programme has helped me develop my skills.’

Before taking up the job at Mill Hill, Ms Vines was an assistant headteacher in London.

Future Leaders Trust headteachers are placed in schools where previous results have been below average in order to drive up results faster than historic trends.

Mill Hill had previously been categorised as ‘needs improvement’ before Ms Vines arrived due to low exam results.

Vines has helped Mill Hill to its first ever ‘good’ Ofsted grade this year.

The school has also seen a jump in the number of children getting ahead in reading, writing and maths.

Havant MP Alan Mak visited the school to meet Ms Vines and see how she was getting on in her position.

Mr Mak said: ‘Roxanne is a truly inspirational local headteacher who has achieved great success locally.

‘We should all be proud that Roxanne is using the skills learnt at the Future Leaders Trust to benefit the pupils and staff at Mill Hill.

‘I enjoyed my visit to the school and I look forward to supporting Roxanne and her school in the future.’

Ms Vines said: ‘I’m delighted our local MP Alan is supporting me and local schools.

‘I hope other aspiring headteachers will now step forward for leadership roles in our local area.’