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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 Briefing 22 November 2018

Termly Headteacher Briefing, on Belonging, Learning and Believing.  We will be joined by Professor Kathryn Riley, Professor of Urban Education form University College London and DancePoet TioMolina.

Professor Riley is an international scholar whose work bridges policy and practice. She began her work in education as a volunteer teacher in Eritrea and has taught in inner-city schools, held political office as a member of the of Inner London Education Authority, and been a local authority Chief Officer.   Kathryn's international experience includes heading up the World Bank's Efffective Schools and Teachers Group and projects with UNICEF and the OECD.  She has pioneered new approaches to research, including training young people to be researchers.  Her current work focuses on place and belonging, exploring how to bring schools and communities together, and harness the creativity and energy of leaders, students, staff and communities alike around common purpose.

TioMolina is a choreographer, poet, dancer and artistic director who trained in Cuba working as a dancer in Havana's renowned Tropicana.  His work embraces Cuban popular dance and contemporary & Afro-Cuban folk dance.  He has given workshops for the Royal Opera House, Hampstead School of Performing Arts and Greenwich Dance Agency.  His many collaborations include events with the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and the Round House.

TioMolina performs in English and Spanish and has a wider repertoire of poetry.  He is currently developing a new approach to poetry performance which fuses poetry with contemporary musical rhythms.

Place, Belonging and School Leadership: Researching to make the difference (2017)

Leadership of Place: Stories from the US, UK and South Africa (2013)

Timetable of the day:

8.45am – registration and coffee or tea on arrival

9.15am – welcome and worship - reconciliation and forgiveness

9.45am – 11.15am – belonging - Professor Kathryn Riley, Professor of Urban Education from University College London, and Dance Poet Tio Molina

11.15am – 11.30am – coffee or tea

11.30am – 12.30pm – learning – Michael Harvey MBA, Executive Director of the ‘God and The Big Bang’ project, exploring issues of science and faith (vital to providing effective RE in the new SIAMS schedule)

12.30pm – 1.30pm – lunch and networking

1.30pm – 2.00pm – believing – Bishop John, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, exploring the Church of England’s rationale for developing and nurturing faith through education, worship and service.