IAN HART: New head aims to take school to new heights

Ian Hart
Ian Hart

One of Worthing’s overriding qualities has been the consistently good standard of education right across the board.

Granted, as with life, all of our schools experience the usual peaks and troughs. But ultimately I would say we haven’t actually got a school within the borough where there have been persistent concerns.

It was a month or so ago that, while talking with friends, I was told about the great things happening at The Laurels, in Winterbourne Way, Durrington.

As a Worthing boy, I was familiar with the school, just not in the same way as I knew of Thomas A Becket, The Vale, West Park Downsbrook or Broadwater C of E.

New head teacher Charlotte Bull, who took up her post in January, has a clear vision for the future of The Laurels.

Right across the educational spectrum locally, our head teachers are essential figures as a school operates and evolves, moving forward from the top down. And first impressions indicate to me that Miss Bull and The Laurels are a great match, which can only be good for the overall development of the youngsters.

Prior to meeting up with her earlier this week, she sent me a short document regarding her hopes and aspirations for the school.

Its contents not only told me that the board of governors had made an excellent appointment in their new head but the pupils, both present and future, will only benefit from the hard work and dedication of Miss Bull and her staff.

The final paragraph of her document summed it up perfectly: “I have been struck by the enthusiasm and commitment of staff at The Laurels and the indicators of future success are looking good. The Laurels Primary will offer an excellent learning experience in every lesson, every day, so we can provide a first-rate education based on my belief that all pupils can be successful.”

Exciting times ahead, indeed.

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