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Emma Smith appointed Head of Stamford Junior School

 Mrs Emma Smith has been appointed Head of Stamford Junior School.

Emma began her teaching career in White City, London, and was a Deputy Head in Kingston upon Thames before joining Stamford Junior School six years ago as a Year 6 class teacher. She is also currently on the Senior Leadership team in her role as Pastoral Care Leader.

Emma will be taking over in September from Libby Craig, who is retiring after 15 years as Head at the school and over 100 terms in total at the Stamford Endowed Schools.

With the Junior School recently receiving an excellent ISI inspection report at the end of 2011, Mrs Smith is hoping to build on Miss Craig’s work at the school and is looking forward to the next chapter of her career.

She said “Libby has been an outstanding Head and I have been very fortunate to have had the time working with her that I have. There is always time for fresh approaches. I shall aim to build on her excellence and am thrilled and excited to be taking over. It is a real privilege.”

Talking of her plans to take the school forward, Mrs Smith said “I want to develop the school. It is very progressive and we are always reviewing and monitoring, it is a constant cycle of development. I will be looking to strengthen and enrich the curriculum and personal learning is close to my heart. We will continue our focus on emotional literacy and intelligent learning.”

As a familiar figure around the school, Mrs Smith has received plenty of support from staff, pupils and parents since her appointment was announced.

“The pupils have been fantastic. I have had some lovely messages from parents and my class were thrilled. They are all lovely characters and asked if they were allowed to vote for me.”