'IT is an honour and a privilege’ said the head teacher of a popular Uttoxeter school as she completed her first week in the new role.
Anne Smith has taken the helm at Picknalls First School, in Oldfields Road, following the retirement of long-standing head teacher Dave Shooter last term.
The 38-year-old, who started teaching at the age of 17, was chosen for the role by the school’s governors.
She said: “I am very honoured to have been chosen by the school governors’.
“I am very excited about the post and I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff and children over the last week.
“It is a huge job and I am loving it.” Speaking to The Advertiser, she said the education and happiness of the children is her main aim.
Miss Smith: “My overall aim is to continue to improve the teaching and learning at the school. As it is a first school I intend to give the children the best possible start in their education and ensure they are happy, confident and progress in their education.
“We are due an Ofsted inspection either this year or next so we will be seeing how well we can do under the new framework.
“Ultimately it is for the children to enjoy their education.” This will be the fourth school Miss Smith, who did a four-year teaching degree, has taught in and the second as a head teacher, after previously teaching in Slough before moving to Rugby and Perton then Uttoxeter.
Miss Smith, who lives in a village near Uttoxeter, said: “I started teaching at the age of 17 as a Yamaha teacher teaching the keyboard. Through music I got a real passion for teaching.
“I always knew I wanted to go into teaching as it is one of the most rewarding jobs you can have.
“I think it is always good to get experience of different children in different areas so you know what you have to battle against. It is good to have variety.
“To be the head teacher is a real honour and privilege as the job directly influences every child.”