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Letter from Mr Bryant Headteacher

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Tuesday 14th April 2015

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted and honoured to be writing to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of the newly formed Arthur Bugler Primary School. My name is John Bryant and I have worked in a number of Thurrock schools over the last 9 years. I believe passionately in Primary Education and that this is a key stage in a child’s development as they prepare for the future.

This is an exciting time for the school with the official amalgamation. My aim is that the two communities from the previous Infant and Junior schools will become one. I will of course build upon the number of successes of the school including the fantastic work already carried out by all staff led by the Senior Leadership Team. This will allow for a smooth transition and ensure a commitment to the continuous pursuit of excellence and high standards. There will no doubt be change; but only change for the better. The children will be at the centre of all decisions made and I intend to communicate regularly and keep you fully informed of what we are trying to achieve and the intended impact this will have. I will work with everyone involved within the school in order to create a community where every individual is valued and their needs are met regardless of differences in a happy and secure environment.

I strongly believe in providing all children with a range of opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and academically in order for them to reach their full potential. The children in our care only get one chance in their primary school education and I aim to set solid foundations to ensure that all learners are fully prepared for the next stage of their life and have a life-long love of learning. I also believe that a modern approach to teaching and learning, whilst maintaining important values and teaching life skills, is vital as we prepare the children for the demands of a modern society.

The education of all the children at Arthur Bugler Primary School is a joint venture involving children, staff, governors and the community. Working together ensures that provision for the children is highly effective and the very best. It is vital that, as parents, this is the school you want to send your children to and be a part of Arthur Bugler’s thriving community. I am fully aware of the importance of this and want to ensure that there is a strong relationship between parents and the school, so I am holding two ‘Meet the Headteacher’ sessions at school on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 9.15am and 6.30pm. As well as outlining my philosophy and key action points, there will be time for informal discussions and any questions you may have about the future of the school.

As Headteacher, I will be at the heart of the school ensuring that I am highly visible at all times to children, staff, governors and parents. Over the next few weeks I aim to meet as many of you as possible. I am always happy to meet with parents to discuss any issue or concern that you have. Please feel free to speak to me when on the playground or at the front gate before and after school. Alternatively, please contact the school office for an appointment, if you wish to speak to me at another time.

I know that there are many challenges ahead but I will work tirelessly with you to ensure a smooth transition and in order for the school to be successful in all areas. I want Arthur Bugler Primary School to be at the cutting edge of best practice and ensure that the school is on the national stage – I will stop at nothing to achieve this. In addition, I am fully aware that the drive to maintain and further improve standards is of paramount importance in order to ensure the school continues on its journey to become an outstanding school.

I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you and working with you, your children and the community over the next few weeks and many years. Together we will establish an outstanding school at the heart of the community that we are all extremely proud of.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. John Bryant