Jo Walkden, Executive Head Teacher
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
Ever since I was 5 years old, I have always aspired to be a Head Teacher because the Head of my Junior school was inspiring. He never failed to make children feel that being a well-rounded child was more important than being academic. As I grew up as a child who despised ‘tests’ but loved gymnastics, singing in the school choir and any type of competition, I knew that I wanted to be an educator and I worked tirelessly to achieve my dreams.
I am committed to improving the education of all of the children in my care and I am really excited about my new role and the impact that I can now have in changing lives across the Trust. Having worked in various local authorities and schools, I have been privileged to support rapid improvement in outcomes which has led schools to receive a good Ofsted.
I believe in working in collaboration with colleagues on the chalk face to ensure the right outcomes for children and hold fast to the vision and values of the Trust in every aspect of my work. As I work within my new role as Inclusion and Safeguarding lead, I wish to ensure that systems and processes are aligned to enable all staff to know and understand the Trust way and to build on the good systems that are already in place which deliver the best results for the children.with specially designed materials or technology. The key being to give only as much help as needed in order to foster independence.
An inclusive education is a child’s right, not a privilege. Ultimately, we want to ensure that all children with special education needs feel confident, like they belong, enjoy school, want to go to school, have friends, have a say in what goes on for them and will feel proud of the things that they have learned and achieved.
We want every child to be an integral part of a wider community, which values, enriches and provides diverse opportunities for all.