Head Teacher’s Welcome

Prior Weston School and Children’s Centre is a special place in a unique location. Every morning I have the pleasure of welcoming the children and families into our amazing building. We truly are a school in the heart of the community it serves in that we open our doors to the school community each and every day.

I started as Head Teacher of Prior Weston in September 2019 but had worked in the local area as a teacher and school leader for 18 years before that, and so I know this neighbourhood very well.  There are parents here at the school who I taught when they were children!

As a school, we aspire for all of our young learners to aim high, develop resilience, be curious and respectful, and to value diversity.  We strive to provide the highest quality of a broad and balanced education, but we also place a lot of importance on our children becoming happy, confident and fulfilled individuals. We believe that our children should be encouraged to do well academically, and should also be exposed to a fun, varied and creative curriculum so that they develop a thirst and love for learning. We do this by encouraging our children to explore, discover and question through a range of exciting learning opportunities, where we nurture creativity, independence and individuality. 

The campus of school and children’s centre provides a seamless service from pre-birth to the end of year 6 together with comprehensive extended day options available for all families. As Head of both the Children's Centre and primary school I have the privilege of working with this brilliant community. The campus serves many children and families from a range of backgrounds and cultures and this vibrant blend makes the Prior Weston community a unique and energising place to be.  We also share the campus with Richard Cloudesely Primary school, who provide outstanding education for children with complex needs.

From its conception in 1968, Prior Weston has always had a reputation for being something a little bit different.  It was this that enticed me to apply to become the school’s Head Teacher and myself and my team have been concentrating on bringing that special something back to the school.  Long standing traditions like ‘The Happening’, The Auction of Promises and Project Week set the school apart and make the most of its rich cultural surroundings, encouraging children of different ages to work and create together as well as linking with the community.  That speaks to me of a school that has something unique about it. A special place. Do please visit us to find this out for yourself. You will be made very welcome.

Fiona Maccorquodale

Head Teacher

 

"The teaching of phonics has improved since the previous inspection. There is now a clear structure to the way sounds are being taught, and pupils learn more quickly than in the past"

- Ofsted, 2019