It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Highworth Combined School and Nursery’s website.
The school was established almost 21 years ago and, until April 2017, had had only 1 Head Teacher; Mr Graeme Kilner. I am incredibly proud to be writing this introduction as the new Head Teacher at the start of the next phase in the life of our thriving school.
Although new to the role of Head, I am very familiar with Highworth School. I have been a parent, Chair of Highworth Friends, Learning Support Assistant, Student Teacher, Class Teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team. My association with Mr Kilner and the school, which started 14 years ago, has given me a deep understanding and appreciation of the values and ethos that make Highworth the very special place that it is. As OFSTED wrote in our most recent inspection report:
“The positive ethos that results from the good care that pupils receive enables them to develop good personal qualities. They work and play harmoniously, come to school regularly and their behaviour is outstanding.”
Maintaining this ethos, along with striving for the achievement of high academic standards, will continue to be at the core of everything we do.
At the start of my Headship, I made a commitment to pupils, parents and staff, and I make it to you, prospective members of our school community: Albert Einstein once said ‘One who never made mistakes, never tried anything new.’ Despite my best efforts, I know I will make mistakes. Abraham Lincoln said ‘... you can’t please all of the people all of the time.’ It will not be my intention, but I will make decisions that are unpopular with some. However, I will learn from my failures; I will listen and empathise and I will always persevere to deliver the outstanding primary education that your sons and daughters deserve. I look forward to working with you in the forthcoming months and years to deliver this commitment.
If, after looking at our website, you would like to visit the school in person, I would be delighted to show you around. I set aside time each week for prospective parents and to arrange a visit you need simply contact our school secretary, who will arrange an appointment.
Mrs Clare Pankhania