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Headteacher's Welcome

I became Head Teacher at Mersea Island School in April 2010, having previously been a headteacher and school adviser in Suffolk for 10 years.

Mersea Island School combines the advantages of being relatively large, for a primary school, with the ethos of a village school. The school is organised into 15 classes and staff work collaboratively to plan a broad and exciting curriculum for the children. The school benefits from an experienced and skilled staff team. Most of the staff are responsible for promoting one or two curriculum areas. They are expected to be aware of new developments in their curriculum area and to work with all staff to support the teaching of that subject. The school prides itself in having a curriculum that is creative and engaging whilst also valuing key skills. The school sets and achieves good academic standards, but is not complacent. We continue to review regularly all aspects of the curriculum, and to strive for further improvement.

The school has close links with the community. There is a strong emphasis on teamwork and the result is a happy and caring school, where all members of the close-knit school community are valued and supported. Staff and pupils create a relaxed, hard-working atmosphere. All the children are encouraged and challenged to achieve the best they can; everyone is capable of success.

In order to develop the widest range of interests and talents among the pupils, Mersea Island School has a range of extra-curricular activities, both during the school day and after school. There is also an emphasis on personal development and responsibility. Children take on roles and responsibilities throughout the school and there is an active school council. The whole school community is divided into 4 ‘ships’ and the year 6 ship captains and first lieutenants are elected annually and take a leading role in organising intership events throughout the year.

As the pace of change in education continues to increase in order to meet the demands of the work place in the twenty-first century, Mersea Island School is well placed to meet new challenges. Our prime concern is that pupils receive an education that they enjoy, which challenges and motivates, while supporting those with particular needs and nurturing talents and gifts.

N Sirett