Mr Kieran Pavey, Headteacher
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I have been at Vane Road since September 2013, when I moved from being Head teacher of Deaf Hill Primary School, Trimdon Station.
We were delighted to be successful in a bid to the Department for Education in 2014 to have our school fully rebuilt. It was a long process but after 5 years we are nearly complete. It is an amazing site which supports the children's education.
I lead a very strong and dedicated team of staff who have the children at the heart of everything they do. We hold dearly the belief that it is an absolute honour for parents/carers to entrust us with their most precious 'possession' their children and we will do everything we can to make sure that they succeed during their time with us. We work hand in hand with parents/carers, teaching the children that they are the most important person in the school. Education, to us, is not an exact science and one method or approach can not meet the needs of all our children. We treat all children equally but understand that we are all unique and need to be treated so - ' the one thing that makes us all the same is that we are all different!'
Working alongside parents/carers is the key to successful education. We may not always agree on what the best approach is but it is only through clear communication that school and home can work effectively together. I want parents/carers to communicate with us effectively too. Parents/carers must never feel as though they are being 'fussy' or difficult. The most frustrating meetings with parents/carers starts with them saying, "I have been worrying about this for a couple of weeks now..." If you are worried of concerned about something raise it with us straight away - the more we know, the more we can do.
Mr Barclay is our school dog and is a trained and registered Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog. He attends school almost everyday to support the children's emotional wellbeing. Mr Barclay's special gift is to make children feel very secure, happy and motivated. He is always willing to give a child a cuddle or be stroked. He has an uncanny ability to calm anxious children and make them feel exceptionally special.
As thanks for this work, Mr Barclay has a dedicated team of children and adults who ensure that his needs are met. They make sure he gets enough mental and physical stimulation throughout the day and they keep on top of his fur which often has things tangled in it (especially his ears!)
The links below give more information about the work of PAT dogs and dogs in schools: