Maintaining ethos key for head’s fresh vision

PUBLISHED: 13:15 24 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 March 2015

Upottery Primary School's new headmaster, Jason Edge. Ref mhh 1283-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Upottery Primary School's new headmaster, Jason Edge. Ref mhh 1283-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Jason Edge, who will be moving to new town Cranbrook soon, took over the school in January.

The new headteacher of Upottery Primary School has laid out his vision for how he wants to see his leadership unfold.

Jason Edge, who will be moving to new town Cranbrook soon, took over the school in January after holding down a number of positions - including head of key stage two at Manadon Vale Primary School, in Plymouth.

The father-of-two said Upottery Primary School is already very community based, and he is looking at working with other schools to continue those social links.

“I want to fundamentally maintain the ethos of the school,” Mr Edge said. “The parents and pupils are incredibly supportive of the school.

“We are in quite a state of flux with education at the moment and entering a period of uncertainty with changes in government.

“This is about making sure Upottery Primary School continues to go forward - there is a lot of good in this school.”

Mr Edge also praised his staff for making the transition such a smooth process.

“The one thing I have had in the last two or three months is everybody has been incredibly supportive,” he added. “The staff are very experienced and knowledgeable.

“The governors and children are all willing to help and all willing to support me in what I want to do.

“It has been a pretty smooth transition. Now, it’s making sure what we do ultimately affects our children.”

When asked how he would like the school to be in five years, Mr Edge said: “I want people to be looking at us as a school which has a lot to offer children, and other schools and people, who are coming to us for support.

“It’s a case of being as successful as we can be.

Get in touch with Upottery Primary School on 01404 861292 or email admin@upottery-primary.devon.sch.uk

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