Wednesday, 15 September 2010


This afternoon I visited Victoria Primary School to see their new Early Years and Foundation Stage unit...

I haven't visited the school since February but Alison Carrick, the headteacher at this great little primary school, had invited me to their official opening afternoon for the new Early Years and Foundation Stage unit. The unit caters for 60 children in the Foundation Satge and a 26 place nursery... sounds like hard work and it's brilliant! Alison's colleagues have worked incredibly hard and the unit looks wonderful and is the Early Years and Foundation Stage unit everyone would want! Victoria Primary School serves a very deprived area of central Leeds but just walking around this wonderful, spacious, bright new unit you realise that Alison and her colleagues are doing something really special and that they are releasing a very special kind of magic where it really, really matters.

Alison certainly leads by example and has high expectations of everyone; children and colleagues alike. Over the last couple of years she has transformed the school with her strong, focused and passionate leadership; her focus on standards, tracking, monitoring and intervention working with the talented and enthusiastic teaching and learning team at the school. What is impressive is the clear values and the belief driving every aspect of the work of the school backed up by Alison's persistence, determination and hard work; guess who was in most of the Summer supervising and checking the building work?

Alison and her learning team are doing a brilliant job and have built something really special in the new Early Years and Foundation unit at Victoria Primary School.

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