Real-life drama takes centre stage for Oakley School’s new head

Julia Sulston
Julia Sulston

She may be a fan of stage shows and on the edge of her seat during The Great British Bake Off, but it is likely nothing will match the drama of Julia Sulston’s role as Oakley School’s new headteacher.

Mrs Sulston joined the school five weeks ago, having previously been the deputy at Cheddington Combined School and, despite all the planning, admits nothing can really prepare you for the job.

The 32-year-old mother said: “No matter how much you plan, something always appears at 9am that throws you off in a different direction.

“That’s the challenge but also the joy of it.

“I don’t know if I could work in a job where things are the same all the time.”

Mrs Sulston says she wants to help strengthen the school’s ties with the community and is enjoying the ‘family feel’ of the place.

She admits one of the difficulties in her first weeks has been having to spend a lot of time away from the school at meetings and training courses.

“All I wanted to do was be here with the school and the children,” said Mrs Sulston.

Away from work, the new head is a member of an amateur dramatic society in Leighton Buzzard, having got a drama degree in Lincoln.

She is also a big Bake Off fan, with staff and children already benefitting from her culinary skills.

She said: “I’m sure we will have ‘The Great Oakley Bake Off’ at some point.”

Mrs Sulston added that she is looking forward to welcoming parents to the school’s open afternoon on Friday (October 18).