A new headteacher believes good communication is key to a happy school life.
Anthony Teirney, 39, has been teaching for 16 years and now has started his biggest challenge yet as he has taken over the reigns at Burbage Primary School, Buxton.
He said: “I was attracted to the school by the strong work ethic of staff and I look forward to working with them in the future.”
The dad-of-three maybe a well known face to some older mums and dads as he spent 13 years teaching at Fairfield Endowed Junior School and during his last years in the post took on the role of acting head.
He then was at the helm of Curbar Primary School, in Hope Valley, for three years.
Now he is back in Buxton and has survived his first week as the new head.
He said: “I have been made to feel so welcome by staff, pupils and parents. Everyone was pleased to be back at school after the holidays and I was met with lots of smiles and happy faces.”
“People have been taking the time to ask me how I’m settling in, which is lovely.”
On his first day he asked students from every class to pop in to his office at some point and let him know what they have been doing in class.
“To me this is so important; I want children to come and see me for good things and I want to share in their successes.”
The married head who has a degree in science and also enjoys sports and although he will not be taking regular teaching slots he will be helping out in various lessons throughout the year.
“Leading this school is a challenge but one that excites me, it is such a massive step up from my old job.”
His former school had 70 pupils and Burbage has 352 students in 13 classes.
He joked: “It’s going to take a while to learn everyone’s names!
“I want people to know who I am though, I want them to feel comfortable enough to approach me if they have any concerns. This could be a parent worried about their child or a student themselves.
“Communication is the secret to success and this works right across the board.
“There was a great sense of community at my old school and I want to bring that village school mentality into a bigger school and be part of something not just in the school but outside too.”
During his summer break Anthony holidayed with his family in Dorset and Cornwall and when he is not organising a school he spends some of his free time running. He is currently reading a young adult fiction book as he tries to read books he thinks his students may read so he can recommend new titles to them.
The school was rated as ‘good’ by the educational watchdog Ofsted in 2014 and Anthony wants to build on the schools strengths.
“There are so many good ideas already in place that will continue, like the buddy scheme where older pupils in Years 5 and 6 look after the younger children at break-times.
“Changes will come over time but at the moment the term is so new it is still a settling-in period for everyone.”