I am delighted to welcome you to the Whitefield Schools website and to tell you a little about myself and the school.
Although I became Principal of the school in the Spring of 2016, I first came here more than 30 years ago to teach children and young people who were both deaf and visually impaired.
Since then I have taught in most parts of the school and spent 14 years as head of Margaret Brearley School, before becoming Vice Principal when Elaine Colquhoun joined the school.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my various roles at Whitefield, teaching some wonderful children and young people and watching them grow and make progress and working alongside the school’s skilled and creative staff and have great optimism about the way the school is developing within the Academy Trust.
I am absolutely committed to Whitefield School's mission statement ‘Enjoyment, Achievement and Wellbeing for all’ and my first priority is to ensure that it is a reality for every pupil. It is a pleasure to see, in lessons, assemblies and other school events, how much the majority of our pupils like coming to school and relish the activities planned for them. Activities which are motivating provide the best route to progress.
To address enjoyment and achievement, we will continue to develop the curriculum and to offer a wide range of activities in music, arts and sport through which children and young people can express themselves. Wellbeing is now a national priority, included in the School Improvement Plan. To support wellbeing, we will continue to build strong relationships with children so that they know that their voices are heard and to develop our expertise in helping those children and young people who are finding life or learning particularly difficult.
Alongside our aspirations for the pupils, the Senior Leadership Team and I are continuing to work to ensure that our amazing staff team have every opportunity to develop their skills and progress their careers through high quality training within the Academy and in collaboration with universities and colleges.
My third priority is to work with Elaine and the Directors to strengthen the Academy and to build partnerships within the education world, learning from others and sharing our expertise.
I am always happy to hear from parents by email (email@example.com) or to meet parents by arrangement.
— Laura Pease, Principal