Letter from the Headteacher

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Dear Culverstone Green family,

After 16 years as the Head Teacher of Culverstone Green Primary School, I am writing to announce that I am stepping down from the post to become full-time Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Pathway Academy Trust. As you are aware, the two founding schools of the trust were Riverview Infant School and Culverstone Green back in 2015. In one of the most exciting journeys, in 5 years we have grown to a five-school trust and the demands of the CEO role are growing therefore it is time for me to dedicate more time to this role.

I had a plan to lead a one-form entry primary school and move on to lead a bigger school but quite simply fell in love with the role and the early challenges at CGPS to the thriving community we are today. In 16 years we have seen many changes and now we even have former pupils joining the staff. It is an amazing place to work with a dedicated team and I feel privileged to have been a part of the Culverstone Green journey for so long. The hard fought battle for the new build in 2017 was a milestone for CGPS as we were bursting at the seams in the old building. There have been many changes over the years and I have learnt much as a leader. The school is very well thought of in the community and beyond, as with the help of many passionate and committed people both within the school and beyond, the school has continued to go from strength to strength.

I have always enjoyed coming to work and there is not a day goes past when I do not get to see the talents, skills and enthusiasm of our pupils in some way or another. It is watching young people grow and develop, achieving their potential, realising their ambitions, becoming responsible young adults and citizens that drives every teacher and it has been a great pleasure to contribute to making this happen for so many CGPS students. The major highlight of my time at CGPS has got to be the people and the teamwork; laughing, sharing, supporting, encouraging and understanding.

We have a great deal to do over the next two terms to ensure that our current group of pupils achieve as well as so many that have gone before. I can assure you that we are all completely focussed on making this happen and, whilst a change of Head Teacher can be unsettling, I will be focussed on ensuring that we continue to provide the high standard of education that you, as parents, would expect from us.

The process will begin at the end of this week to recruit a new Head Teacher for CGPS where we will search in earnest to recruit the best person for this role and one whose values match those at the school. The Board of Directors and Local Governing Body will look to appoint my successor for the new school year in September.

As CEO of The Pathway Academy Trust, I won’t have to say goodbye to CGPS as I will be over-seeing all five schools alongside my colleague, Nicole Caulfield and Deputy CEO, who began the journey of The Pathway Academy Trust with us. I will be on hand to support the new Head Teacher as they settle in to school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you; past and present Culverstone Green families, staff and governors for your support, friendship and commitment over the years. It has been an utter privilege to have had the opportunity to share the journey with you.

And finally to the pupils past and present: you will all hold a very special place in my heart and I will continue to smile and glow with pride as I hear about you reaching milestones and achieving your dreams. 

Warm regards,

Ruth Doughty

Head Teacher

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