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  Schools and University Attended: Writtle County Primary School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, University College London, Institute of Education University of London (now UCLloe).
First Job:
Scale 1 Infant Teacher St Augustine’s Primary School, Kilburn, London . ILEA.
First Management Job:
Deputy headteacher, Thornhill Primary School, Islington, London
First Job in education:
See  rst job above
Appointed to current job:
2017
Favourite piece of music:
Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen
Favourite Food:
French
Favourite Drink:
Champagne
Favourite holiday destination:
Provence, France
Favourite leisure pastime:
Gardening
Favourite TV or radio programme/series: Strictly Come Dancing/Radio 4
Suggested epitaph:
Never stop challenging yourself
 Pro le In conversation with Jane Rogers
QYour school was founded by the Society QYou have always lived and worked in
of the Holy Child Jesus in 1875 and
moved to the current site, near Regent’s Park, in 1970. You now welcome children of all faiths or none. In what ways, if any, does the long Catholic tradition impact on how you run the sAchool today?
Though our school encompasses a rich mix of cultures and backgrounds, as you might expect from our central London
location, our Catholic foundation is a very important part of our heritage and tradition. With the emphasis on values such as tolerance, respect, kindness, honesty, integrity, thinking of others
and the importance of family, it informs the ethos of the school. We are a non-selective school and have in our student body a variety of abilities. Understanding and celebrating everyone’s strengths, areas for development and individuality underpins our successful differentiated and individualised approach to teaching and learning and gets the best out of each of us. We want to learn from and share our experiences with others and re ect the diverse nature of our community.
In addition, through our heritage, we are able
to maintain strong links with other schools that
are part of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
This is an international congregation of women
established in 1846 by the founder of our school
aQnd alert to the needs of the twenty- rst century.
the fact that we have a stable staff in whom
The Cavendish School serves over 260 day pupils, with girls between 3 - 11 and sibling boys from 3 up to 7. Camden
Town is well-known for its markets, canal, lively night life and music scene. In what ways does the school get involved with such a vibrant and vAaried community?
we invest in all manner of ways. Their CPD
and opportunities for new responsibilities are
a selling point for us. We have an attractive working environment and, as a charitable trust, invest in our children and staff.
QAll your teaching staff are trained in the P4C strategy, designed to help children acquire the ability to concentrate, look beyond the obvious, listen and evaluate, form their own opinions, think before they speak... attributes of considerable relevance throughout life. What is the essence of the strategy, how does it work in practice, and what bene ts have you iAdenti ed?
Yes, we are staunch supporters of Philosophy for Children which is a very powerful educational approach. In
essence this strategy helps to create independent thinkers who are tolerant of and respect the views of others. It encourages honesty and creates
the space for staff and pupils to re ect on their learning and thoughts. The overlap with our ethos
We are an integral part of our community, working closely with local Camden Schools and nearby businesses. Our pupils
and staff enjoy the thriving area in which we are based and make the most of all it has to offer. World class museums, libraries, galleries, parks and adventure centres are literally on our doorstep. We are a hop, skip and a jump from an embarrassment of exciting day trips and use public transport or walk whenever we can. Most of our pupils live nearby and walk or use public transport to come to and from school. We celebrate and thrive on the energy of our lively and diverse community because that is what we are too. Our School has also been described as a hidden gem and an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
London and the South. Many current
residents in Camden Town will have arrived from abroad, either for the short-term or more permanently, not least from Europe. How do you think Brexit might affect pupil numbers and sAtaff recruitment in your school?
I am fortunate to come from a mixed race family and so have an insight and understanding of other countries such
as India. I have also spent time, in education and working, in France, America and Australia. In addition I have close family members who live abroad. And living in London offers wonderful exposure to people, languages, traditions and cuisines from around the world, which I enjoy very much.
With regard to Brexit: I do not think that anyone has certainty over the impact it will have on numbers and recruitment. However London is a bubble compared to the rest of the country. At The Cavendish School we are thriving: numbers are up, with local residential and business developments such as the new Google headquarters on our doorstop being re ected in increased enquiries from families who are relocating from abroad.
As for staff, our close working relationship with Higher Education Institutions and involvement in teacher training help recruitment as does
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