It’s back to school for the new Heathfield deputy head

Some of the children from 'Treetops'
Some of the children from 'Treetops'

A new deputy head teacher joins the team at All Saint’s and St Richard’s Church of England Primary School in Old Heathfield this term.

Miss Jo Horton has been appointed deputy head and also takes responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment in reception and key stage one years.

Miss Horton said: “I am delighted to be joining the staff at All Saints’ and St Richard’s. I have had a very interesting role with the local authority over the last six years, where I was lucky enough to work alongside staff in schools across East Sussex.

“It has been very rewarding and a real privilege to see a whole range of different contexts for learning.

“I am now very excited about being back in school and look forward to meeting you all.”

Miss Horton started her teaching career at Parkside Primary School and taught in reception, year one and year two becoming key stage one leader.

However, most recently she was a teaching and learning consultant leading on literacy and early years for the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service within the County Council.

This role involved her working in local schools providing guidance and support to teachers and leading training for the service.

And it also provided her with knowledge of working across the whole primary age range which will prove invaluable in her new role.

Head teacher Mrs Caroline Harvey said: “Miss Horton is a well-known and respected expert in her field who will complement existing skills within the school and build on the great work already in place.

“We have had excellent temporary support this last year from Mrs Welch and Mrs Hurd and will be very sorry to say goodbye to them, but as we move into a new chapter for the school, I am pleased to secure this excellent permanent appointment.”

All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School hosts an ‘Open Month’ during November for prospective parents of reception pupils 2014.

Parents are invited to ring the school secretary, Mrs Diane McGarvey on: 01435 863466 to arrange a time to meet the head teacher and take a look at the school.

Diane told the Express: “We look forward very much to seeing you and you will be made to feel most welcome.”