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School News - 2023/2024                               

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                      6th September 2023


I am delighted to be able to write my first letter as the new Acting Executive Headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been asked by the Local Authority and the Diocese to support the school whilst we search for a permanent Headteacher. I would like to reassure parents that as a school will we continue to build upon the great things about our school and the successes the school has already achieved. 


I have been the Headteacher of Wick CE Primary School for 12 years and became Executive Headteacher 5 years ago when I was also appointed Headteacher of Abbotswood Primary School. Being a father of 3 children  and a member of the local community, I am very much aware of the responsibility that my staff and I have in ensuring that the highest standard of teaching and learning is achieved. We have a hugely committed team and wonderful children, which of course, is a great place for any new head to start! I am also pleased to announce that Mrs Dunt will be the Deputy Head and will be helping me lead the school and will be fully out of the classroom to do this. We also together with the unwavering support of the school team we are extremely excited about the journey ahead. 


The needs of the children are always paramount in the life and decision making within a school. I strongly believe in providing the children with exciting, creative and meaningful learning experiences, which build their enthusiasm for learning and help them to grow and develop positively in a variety of ways. I think it is crucial to involve the children and their families as partners in their education. I am also keen on building a whole school community which thrives on mutual respect and values positive relationships. I know how vital working in partnership with parents really is in order for children to find school a positive and rewarding experience. As key educators in your children’s lives, I feel that it is important that you have a voice and that as a school we are approachable and allocate time to listen to your concerns, worries or thoughts about the school. In the near future I will be inviting parents in for an informal coffee morning. This will be an opportunity to meet other parents, chat to me and Mrs Dunt over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Watch this space! 


You can be assured that as Acting Executive Headteacher, I will strive to create the best education for your child/children whilst they are members of our school family. Please do come up and introduce yourselves outside school – I will attempt to be at the gate before and after school on the days I am in school. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks. 


Thank you for your continued support.


Mr Robert Cockle 

Executive Headteacher