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New head aims to help school continue growth
10:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
The new headteacher of Chirton Primary School intends to increase the number of pupils on its roll.
The school had been threatened with closure because of low pupil numbers but it has ensured its future by entering into a federation with All Cannings Primary School.
Richard Borman is the executive head of both schools and Amy Bekker-Wrench has now been appointed as associate head at Chirton. She has been teaching for six years and this is her first headship.
Last Friday, residents and parents were invited into the school for an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party with staff and pupils. It was also Mrs Bekker-Wrench’s 32nd birthday and she was presented with a heart necklace by staff to signify the school’s motto ‘Small School, Big Heart’.
The Devizes resident said: “The welcome I have received has been overwhelming. Villagers have stopped to speak to me and parents say they are really pleased to have me and they are so keen for the school to stay open.
“Parents are so involved with the school and it has great links with the community and church.
“The children are adorable and they are getting one-to-one learning. It’s lovely to teach in very small classes.”
There are 23 pupils at Chirton and she aims to increase numbers. The latest Ofsted report, last November, rated the school as “good with outstanding features”.
She said: “I want to keep the community spirit but also reach out and sell the school as a place where everybody wants to be.
“The federation with All Cannings means we can link up.
“All Cannings has lots of facilities we will be able to use. Children will be able to interact with larger groups and join events and trips.”
Mrs Bekker-Wrench previously taught for six years at St Dunstan’s School in Calne.
Mr Borman said: “The federation will enable us to meet future challenges in education from a position of strength.”
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