A school’s new headteacher is coming back to her lower school roots.
Miss Sarah Woodham has taken the headship at Stondon Lower School in Lower Stondon. She was previously the assistant principle at Sandye Place Academy in Sandy but her teaching background is with the primary age group.
Miss Woodham worked in retail management before having her 17-year-old son but describes herself as “a born teacher just waiting to do the job.”
She has a background in history but really enjoys teaching maths.
Miss Woodham said: “It’s a big change for me moving to a smaller school. I really like the intimacy of it. I like the fact that I can get to know all the children, parents and teachers. I can know the children’s names and that wasn’t possible in a school of 500 children.
“They have all been very welcoming, children and staff alike. It’s a lovely family environment with kind, caring staff who are passionate about the job.”
Stondon Lower School currently educates 129 pupils, which is the most it has ever had on roll. The school has doubled in size over recent years.
Miss Woodham will be overseeing the school’s conversion to academy status later in the academic year.
But she does not intend to introduce any other immediate changes. She said: “I love our school motto; Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.
“I think it sums up what education is. Everything I do will be rooted through that vision.
“And it’s a values school. Values are at the heart of everything I do.”
She hopes to develop the school’s current involvement links with the local community and the nearby churches.
Miss Woodham, who lives in Letchworth, is a very keen walker. She goes on frequent long walks, regularly setting off on a walk of 10 miles or more at the weekend.
She has taken part in some charity walks as well including the Moonwalk, an annual event that raises funds for breast cancer research.
The new head’s current challenge is to circumnavigate Hertfordshire on foot with a friend. They are currently about two thirds of the way round.
Miss Woodham is also a fan of live events. She said: “I love the theatre and live music. I will travel to see different productions and I’ve been to see Shakespeare at Stratford Upon Avon several times.
She also enjoys travelling around England and seeing the country’s many sites.