Several members of staff have been kind enough to share their professional journeys with us. The profiles below offer an insight into life at Blenheim.
Rick Taylor - Deputy Headteacher
I joined Blenheim as a TA supporting a child with challenging behaviour and within two years I had completed the Graduate Teacher Programme and was on the leadership team, leading a core subject, with the ongoing support from all of my colleagues, and the determination to do well for the children of Blenheim. I have now been at Blenheim Primary School for the last 13 years and I have enjoyed working here so much because we are fortunate to have a very open culture, and all staff and pupils are encouraged to talk frankly about their own ideas and thoughts. As a close-knit team, we support one another to investigate creative solutions that improve our school. I am thoroughly enjoying mastering my role as a deputy and every day, term, year brings new challenges. Being part of the Trust has extended the wealth of support and challenge available to staff, and the partnership has opened up new opportunities to see different schools in different settings with the continuous support of a network that has already implemented them. The schools in the Trust are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle come together to create one full picture - the puzzle is only complete with the different mix of size and shapes of our schools.
Suzy Crowe - Head of SEND
I have been part of Blenheim for the past 16 years, and thanks to the energetic and enthusiastic children there is never a dull day. I feel very lucky to have a varied and evolving role that allows me to work with a range of our talented staff across the whole school and oversee the provision to many children. Within this nurturing environment, there is a strong culture of improvement for both staff and pupils and everyone is encouraged to push and challenge themselves on a daily basis to develop and grow - we are all very supported to expect to reach our full potential. Being part of the Trust, has given me the opportunity to liaise with other schools to extend my thinking. It also gives me an opportunity to question what I am doing within school and working alongside others who are doing similar roles allows us to ensure our practice is good. The trust-wide inclusion team meetings and the support from JFK Special school have been very beneficial to me as a professional and to Blenheim as an inclusive school.
Charlie Riley - NQT (2017-18)
I started at Blenheim last September as a trainee teacher and was welcomed with open arms into the school community. The support and coaching I have received from my dedicated mentors has been invaluable and allowed me to develop and focus on my future ambitions. Being a part of the Learning in Harmony Trust has only increased the unique and exciting range of opportunities to progress our careers. If you are looking for somewhere with a strong sense of community and a great support system which drives you to cultivate your skills and knowledge, then Blenheim is a fantastic place to work.