New head teacher is back on home turf

PUBLISHED: 14:11 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

THE new head teacher at Colyton Primary School, Nic Harris, has moved back to his roots returning to work in his home area.

THE new head teacher at Colyton Primary School, Nic Harris, has moved back to his roots - returning to work in his home area.Mr Harris, who was previously working as a deputy head teacher in Hampshire, comes from Seaton and attended Seaton Primary School and Colyton Grammar School while growing up.He started his new post in Colyton on April 21 and says he knew the school was right for him the moment he walked through its doors, and has no regrets about the move.Mr Harris said: "It's fantastic. Everybody has been great. The staff are completely dedicated, the children are the nicest group I have ever worked with and the people around the area have been friendly."However, he realises there will be many challenges ahead - namely to meet Ofsted standards and build on community ties - but feels the school can pull through.The school was placed in special measures last year following an Ofsted inspection, which said the school failed to give its pupils an acceptable level of education. But only last month, Ofsted said the school was making satisfactory progress."We're getting the school up to standard and building trust with the community, because people were surprised by the Ofsted findings," he said. "We want to establish the school as the real heart of the community."The school has had a rough time for the last six months with the Ofsted report and one thing or another. There was a very low moral. "But the staff are working incredibly hard and we are getting there. It's not going to be a quick journey but we are making good progress. "If we continue to pull in the same direction, I am sure we will be there by this time next year."To ensure the progress continues, Mr Harris feels it is important to monitor progress, encourage and support staff, make necessary changes and generally help keep up the moral.Alongside meeting Ofsted requirements, Mr Harris feels the focus should be on the children and their needs. He said: "I want the children to have the best foundation for their ongoing development and I want them to look back on their time at Colyton Primary as being a defining moment in their lives.

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