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Welcome from Mr Strudley

A welcome from our new Acting Head Teacher

Dear Parents / Carers,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Acting Headteacher of Crown Wood Primary School.  I am looking forward to being part of a vibrant school at the heart of its community which ensures that every child has the skills and attitudes they need to flourish and be the ‘best they can be’.

Although I will be taking up the post permanently in September, I have been released by my current school to spend two days a week working at Crown Wood.  This will allow me to get to know the children and staff and prepare for the new academic year.  Consequently, the two Deputy Headteachers, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Winchcombe, will continue to be responsible for the day to day running of the school, so if you do have any questions or concerns, you should continue to speak to your child’s teacher or phase leader in the first instance and then Mrs Thomas or Mrs Winchcombe .

So you know a little about my background:   I have been the Headteacher of Wildmoor Heath School in Crowthorne, which is also part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust (GLT), since January 2013.  Before that I was the Deputy Headteacher / Inclusion Manager of a large primary school in Reading.  Prior to retraining as a teacher, I worked in the oil and gas and financial sectors and managed a children’s summer camp in Michigan, USA.  I have a Master of Arts degree in teaching and learning from the University of Reading and hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).  When I’m not working, I spend time with my wife and daughters and also play hockey and cricket.

I have high expectations in all areas, especially behaviour and attainment.   I strongly believe that being prepared to learn from mistakes, effort, practice and acting on feedback leads to success and not innate talent or ability.  I want the children who attend Crown Wood to be aspirational and to leave with the skills, values and attitudes they need to be successful in their next stage of education and beyond.  These include resilience, being able to work collaboratively, curiosity and ‘having a go for it’ attitude.

I know how vital working in partnership with parents is if children are to find school a positive and rewarding experience.   I will always value your feedback and there will be many occasions when your views are sought, as they are very important in shaping the development of the school. 

I look forward to meeting you formally and informally over the coming months, but in the meantime, if you see me on the school gate, please do say hello! 

Mr G Strudley

Acting Headteacher