It seems appropriate that for a 21st Century school, our initial contact with parents has been through the virtual world of email, Twitter, Facebook and the school website.
Thank you to all those new parents and visitors who have contacted the school, to introduce themselves, to offer their support, to provide feedback and to raise questions. We look forward to meeting you all, and our new children, in the 'real world' soon - in the meantime, we will keep in touch through modern technology and social media.
Mr Waldron comments, "I am confident that this is the first time that a new school in Buckinghamshire has been able to keep in contact with parents, families and the community in these ways - the last time that a brand new school was opened in the County these amazing tools had not been dreamed of. This week I have discussed the IT infrastructure for the school with a number of suplpliers and - Buckingham Park will be a place where children are well equipped to play their part in the digital age".
We had a superb response to our advert for School Business Manager and we are confident that we will employ an outstanding candidate to our leadership team in the next week or so.
We are now on the search for an enthusiastic, talented and experienced Foundation Stage leader who is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for each and every child. The successful candidate will teach a Reception class, and also lead the Reception and Nursery team as a phase leader. This is a key position in the school and we looking for the best!
Today is a landmark for our new school. Although Nick Waldron has been working on aspects of the school development, alongside Governors and LA Officers, since his appointment in January, today was his official first day as an employee of Buckingham Park Church of England Primary School.
This term will be a little strange for Nick - having been a teacher for 18 years and a headteacher for 13 of those he is used to the everyday life of a busy school at the beginning of term. Despite missing the everyday contact with children and families, Nick is excited to be full-time on the case of Buckingham Park.
"I am so pleased to be able to give Buckingham Park my 100% attention. There is much to do, but it is incredibly satisfying to see the plans for the new school taking shape."
This week, Nick will be writing to the families of all those children who have already been allocated a place at the school, and will also be shortlisting candidates for the post of School Business Manager.
You can contact Nick on 01296 387644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This evening, the temporary Community Centre hosted Buckingham Park's first ever Annual Parish Meeting. Cllr Allison Looker (Chairman), the Parish Councillors, and Mr Keith Gray (Clerk) were joined by a number of local residents and Nick Waldron, headteacher of Buckingham Park School.
The attendees heard a report detailing the work of the Parish Council in its first year and discussed current issues for the residents of Buckingham Park. The Parish Council will soon be taking over the management of the new Community Centre on Jubilee Square. Councillors had toured the building this week and were impressed with the facilities on offer. The Parish Council has a commitment for the Community Centre to be run by the Parish Council for the local residents - what an amazing facility for Buckingham Park! The Parish Council will soon be appointing a manger to lead the administration of the new building.
Buckingham Park Church of England Primary School is committed to working closely with our friends and neighbours on the Parish Council and with the new Community Centre.
This week, the first round of allocations are made for Buckinghamshire's Primary Schools. All parents who applied for a school place for their child back in January will hear the outcome of their application, and their children will be one step closer to starting school in September 2012.
Buckingham Park has been allocated 45 children to start in our two Reception classes in September, though this number may fall or rise as second and third rounds of allocations are made.
Nick Waldron, headteacher, comments, "It is thrilling to see such a good number of children allocated to our Reception classes for September. Having a list of names of children makes the school so much more real - a school is a dark and lonely place without the children! I begin my role as headteacher on Monday, and I will keep this list of children with me as we make every preparation - everything that we do between now and September is about these children. They will always be remembered as our first cohort, and we want them to be super-successful and incredibly happy. We look forward to working with them and their families."
Mr Waldron has indicated that one of his first jobs next week will be to write to each of the families whose child has been allocated a place, "We want to warmly welcome our first families and work closely with them from the outset. It is a brave and exciting decision to accept a place at a school which is not yet open - we want to ensure that the children and families feel confident in that decision and to give them the opportunity to work with us as we
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