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Parkside school says farewell to head teacher

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

Paula Whysall

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PUPILS at a junior school in Ashboure are saying a fond farewell to their current head teacher, and celebrating the recent promotion of the current deputy head.

Paula Whysall will take over as acting head teacher at Parkside junior school in Cokayne Avenue from September.

The current head teacher, Christopher Mansell is leaving at the end of this school year to take up a position at Nethersole Academy, near Tamworth.

He has been head teacher at Parkside for almost six years.

Miss Whysall joined Parkside in 2007, after being on secondment with the Support Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN).

Prior to this she was teaching at Long Row primary school in Belper.

The 34-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to taking on the role - as a school we have some big challenges ahead of us next year with new national changes to the core curriculum and assessment levels, but I know we have a great team in place to drive Parkside onwards.”

Schools currently have the freedom to develop their own means of assessing pupils’ progress towards end of key stage expectations.

The aim of the new national curriculum is to provide pupils with essential knowledge that will need in their adult lives.

Miss Whysall said: “It provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop their own lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills.”

The school has approximately 290 pupils, aged from seven to 11, and was rated as ‘good’ in its 2012 Ofsted inspection.

Lead inspector Derek Aitken said: “Pupils achieve well.

“Rates of progress accelerate as pupils move up the school.

“Both boys and girls leave the school at the end of Year 6 with attainment that is above average in both English and mathematics.”

The report also found that the standards of teaching were good overall.

Mr Atkin said: “It has some outstanding elements, such as the precise questioning of individual pupils, which helps to move pupils on in their learning.

“Respectful relationships between staff and pupils promote a calm, purposeful atmosphere.”

Miss Whysall said everyone at Parkside was wishing Mr Mansell the very best of luck in his new role.

She said: “The school was lucky to have him as head teacher, we will all miss him, and hope he enjoys his new role in the future.”

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