New Headship: First 100 Days

The Last Push Before Half-Term: Weeks 5 and 6 In A Headteacher’s Journey at Willaston School

In the weeks leading up to the half-term break, I have reached Day 30 at Willaston School. More widely across the partnership the three school’s have been a hive of activity. From CPD sessions for our dedicated staff to Valentine’s discos for our enthusiastic students, we’ve been committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience for all. As Headteacher, I was delighted to welcome our EAS partnership visit and showcase the excellent work we’ve been doing. It’s also been a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to some of our retiring staff members who have been an integral part of our school community for many years. Read on for a closer look at the highlights of the past few weeks…

New Headship: First 100 Days

Making headway: Weeks 3 and 4 In A Headteacher’s Journey at Willaston School

As I complete my third and fourth weeks as Executive Headteacher at Willaston School, I reflect on the incredible journey so far. The past 20 days have been filled with so many challenges and opportunities. From budget meetings and farewells to staff, to IQM assessments and funding reviews, these two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. Despite the busy schedule, I have been able to connect with parents, lead staff meetings, and start to make some important changes to the school environment. I’ve also spent more time at my other schools too, and I’m starting to settle into the rhythms of working across three separate sites…

New Headship: First 100 Days

Snow Storm and School Visits: Week 2 In A Headteacher’s Journey at Willaston School

Welcome to the second instalment in my record of my first 100 days as Executive Headteacher at Willaston School. This week was a roller coaster of events, from the challenges of a surprise snowstorm to the joy of celebrating students’ success. But, as with any good roller coaster, we’ve come out the other side with a few bumps and bruises, but also a whole lot of excitement and new learning…

New Headship: First 100 Days

Navigating the First Week: A Headteacher’s Journey at Willaston School

Welcome to my journey through my first 100 days as Executive Headteacher at Willaston School. I am excited to share with you my experiences as I navigate this new role and work to improve the school for the pupils, staff and community whilst maintaining my roles at Laxey School and Dhoon School. This week, follow along as I join the busy breakfast club on my first day, take a site walk with the caretaker, lead my first staff meeting, and meet with staff to discuss their views and career goals. I’ll also be sharing my vision for the school and the next steps I’m taking to make a positive impact at Willaston. Join me on this journey and see what it’s like to start in a new leadership role in a school.

A year in the life of a school Comment Leadership and Management

2022: Reflections on a Year of Collaboration and Connection

As another year comes to a close, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the key events and developments that took place over the past 12 months. In this review, author Max Kelly looks back at the wonderful opportunities that were afforded to his schools in terms of the visitors they hosted and the visits they made to other schools and conferences. Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or just interested in the world of education in the Isle of Man, we hope this review will provide some insights and inspiration as you look forward to the new year.