New headteacher for Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted
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Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted will have a new headteacher after the Easter break.
Jen Pearce takes on the role of head as Marios Solomonides moves on to a new position.
Ms Pearce joins from Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, Harlow, where she has spent the last five years as assistant head and deputy head.
She gained a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) last year.
Ms Pearce sees her first job as getting to know her new school, children, their families and colleagues, as well as her new role.
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She said: “It is really important for me to be out on the gate and be available to parents, building positive relationships with them and getting them on board.
“I am looking forward to further developing the school’s values that are important for the children – having high expectations and ensuring they have a school they are proud of.
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“It’s a real privilege.”
Ms Pearce added: “I like the idea of expanding the school into Key Stage 2 as that is the area where most of my teaching experience has been. I want to focus on teaching and learning.
“My philosophy and Marios’ are fairly similar, so I feel confident to carry on in his shoes and take over from where he leaves off.”
Mr Solomonides leaves after Easter to become the first director of SEND for the BMAT family of schools in Stansted, Harlow and Epping in Essex and Newham in London.
He leaves the school with a new curriculum in place for Year 5 who will move up in September.
Mr Solomonides was part of the team who placed the bid to open the new Magna Carta in 2014.
During his headship, the school has opened Phoenix Provision for pupils at risk of exclusion from schools in the area.
He said: “Opening Phoenix Provision was a big task. To watch that become a part of our school was wonderful.
"That has been a big achievement, for them to be integrated. Although it is a separate provision, pupils are a part of the school, which is lovely.
“Being able to implement the curriculum I designed was brilliant. I am very proud of it; it’s an excellent curriculum.
“The thing I will miss the most is also the thing I won’t miss – the responsibility and accountability.
"It’s wonderful knowing I can make a difference for these children and their families.
"But, the flipside is that’s a huge responsibility.
"That is what drives me the most. I will definitely be able to continue making a difference in my new role.”