A warm welcome for school’s head

Anne Stopforth is welcomed by children at Barley Hill School
Anne Stopforth is welcomed by children at Barley Hill School

ANNE Stopforth has spoken about her delight at becoming the new headteacher for Barley Hill School after completing her first week in the role.

Having only taken the reigns from the retiring John Hulett at the start of term, she is still getting familiar with the new environment but could not happier with the way she has been received.

She said: “I have had an excellent week, it has been immensely enjoyable coming into Oxfordshire and I have been given a very warm welcome by everybody in the school.

“The children came back on Wednesday so I have met them and they are highly enthusiastic, interesting and motivated bunch.”

Mrs Stropforth has five years experience of being a headteacher at Nine Mile Ride in Wokingham but has moved to Thame for a new challenge.

She said: “My old school had 350 pupils and I wanted a new challenge, so moving here where there are 562 children will provide me with that.”

And although no major changes are expected under Mrs Stopforth, she has highlighted her desire to get the school more involved in community events and expand on the outstanding features which were established by Mr Hulett.

She said: “Obviously I am in a very good position having taken over a school that has been marked good with outstanding features.

“And I am pleased because they are already closely involved with the community in Thame but I want us to work on getting out there to more events.”

Away from the school, Mrs Stropforth is quite an adrenaline junkie, with her top hobbies being skiing and kayaking.

But when at home it is the simple life which pleases her as spending time with the family is top of her priorities.