Change underway says new head at Linchfield Primary

New headteacher at Linchfield Community Primary School, Deeping St James, Andy Fawkes. From left, Eleanor Fane, 10, Faye Buckby, 10, Cieran Harmer, 11, Luke Phillips, 11, and Andy Fawkes
New headteacher at Linchfield Community Primary School, Deeping St James, Andy Fawkes. From left, Eleanor Fane, 10, Faye Buckby, 10, Cieran Harmer, 11, Luke Phillips, 11, and Andy Fawkes
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Rapid change is underway at a primary school which has faced challenges in recent years, according to the new headteacher.

Andy Fawkes took over the reins at Linchfield Community Primary School in Crowson Way, Deeping St James at the beginning of term.

The school, which opened in 1980, was graded satisfactory in its latest Ofsted report in July 2012. It has undergone several changes of leadership in the past two years.

Mr Fawkes is aiming to push the 390-pupil school up the Ofsted rankings.

He said: “The governors want Linchfield to be an outstanding school and I want to deliver on that.

“Every head teacher’s primary role is to improve standards. Linchfield is already a good school for parents to send their children to. But things are changing at Linchfield and things will change rapidly. These are exciting times,” he said.

Although Mr Fawkes officially took over from interim head Richard Trow this month, he has been attending the school for odd days since Easter this year.

He said: “I want to make this school a true community school as our name suggests - we need to be out there in the community and playing our part in preparing pupils to be the citizens of tomorrow.”

He said he intends to invest heavily in ICT, looking to provide a 21st century education for the children.

Sport will also feature prominently and a school trip was oragnised to the Chelsea versus Basel Champions League football match in London.

The school has a large playing field and is active in football, cricket, tennis, cross-country running and swimming.

“I shall be encouraging the children to compete in local sports competitions. I think it’s important that children lead healthy lifestyles and are inspired,” he said.

Mr Fawkes, 32, moved from Newland St John’s CE Primary School in Hull where he had been headteacher for 18 months. That school was rated good by Ofsted just four days before he left and it was said in the report to be extremely well led and moving towards an outstanding rating.

Originally from King’s Lynn, Mr Fawkes qualified as a teacher at the University of Plymouth and taught at schools in Newark, Wisbech and Nottingham before his last posting.

He and his wife Colette and their two children, Kacey, 8 and Lauren, 4 live in Newark but will be re-locating to The Deepings in the near future.

Mr Fawkes, who is a regular at the gym and enjoys fishing, has also been studying for an MA qualification.