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New Headteacher for Yardley Gobion Church of England Primary School


Yardley Gobion CE School and the wider village community joined together on Thursday 20th September to officially welcome Mrs. Val Griffiths as the new Head Teacher. Mrs. Griffiths joined the school in April but waited for the new academic year to have her official Commissioning Service at St. Leonard’s Church.


The Commissioning Service, officiated by the Bishop of Brixworth, Bishop John, asks the pupils, staff, parents and church to work together to support the new head in their role after the she has committed to work to achieve the best for the pupils in the schools care. The Bishop was aided in the service by Bible readings and prayers from the children and affirmations of support from representatives form the Governing Body, Reverend Diane Whittaker, the parish priest and Peter Cantley, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Peterborough.


Mrs. Griffiths said, “the service was incredibly special, for me and the whole school, and we were so delighted to welcome Bishop John and Peter as our special guests. I have been made to feel so welcome by the parents and wider community since I arrived, this really is a lovely way to make it official”.


The service saw the official presentation of the keys of the school to Mrs Griffiths, alongside lots of singing and laughter. Mrs Griffiths was also presented with a Bible from the Diocese.


“This gathering really represents the family feel of this wonderful school. I am very proud to be leading such an amazing group of staff and pupils and look forward to welcoming new children and families for years to come.”


Headteacher Conference 25th June 2019 Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering

Bookings are now open for our next Headteachers’ Conference on 25th June at Kettering Conference Centre.  We will be focusing on the new Ofsted inspection framework and lessons learnt from Ofsted pilot inspections, curriculum planning, opportunities for coaching Christian values through sport, marketing your CE school, and developing and implementing a vision for life in all its fullness.  We will be joined by Andrew Lakatos (Ofsted Lead Inspector, Diocesan Schools Effectiveness Advisor and former Headteacher) and Ruth Walker-Green (PDET Director of Learning and Achievement and former Headteacher), Andy Wolfe (Church of England Deputy Chief Education Officer - Leadership Development), Nicola Fountain (Headteacher of Rothersthorpe CE Primary School) and Chris Andrew (Director of Project Touchline). 

Bookings can be made through Alex Benoy, DBE Executive Administrator, and online at