New headteacher Elaine Radley eager to return to school role

Bourne Westfield Primary Academy New Headteacher Elaine Radley
Bourne Westfield Primary Academy New Headteacher Elaine Radley
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A NEW headteacher has been making herself known in and around her new school before officially taking the reins in September.

Elaine Radley, 48, has become a regular face at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy in recent months, gaining a feel for the school.

Mrs Radley is currently the principal education adviser with the Centre for British Teachers, in Lincolnshire.

Bourne Westfield will be the fourth primary school Mrs Radley has been the headteacher of, leading two small rural primary schools and a large urban primary school in the past.

More recently she has worked as the senior school improvement adviser in Peterborough supporting schools in special measures or with serious weaknesses.

In 1999 Mrs Radley became an accredited Ofsted inspector and has since taken part in more than 20 inspections.

But having judged and advised other schools Mrs Radley said: “I want to get back into a school and be part of the community to give something back.

“It is a passion to want to get back into a school and put into practice all the things I have been privileged to see working when visiting hundreds of schools.”

Mrs Radley said she is looking forward to getting back to creating the real relationships with children that develop as a headteacher.

She said: “It is a great privilege to watch and help children grow into well-rounded little people.”

The transition into any new job can be difficult but Mrs Radley said hers has been better than she could ever have imagined, praising the efforts of the staff and outgoing headteacher Tim Bright, who has been in charge at the primary school for the last 15 years.

Mrs Radley has been involved in making decisions which will effect the school in the future, taking part in the appointment of new staff and the induction of incoming pupils.

Mrs Radley was also able to meet parents, and pupils at event’s like Bourne Westfield’s summer fete before the end of term.

Mrs Radley said: “Bourne Westfield is a very warm, friendly and relaxing school and they are some of the reasons I was attracted to the school.

“I am looking forward to the start of term in September now.”