The new headteacher of Sleaford’s William Alvey School may seem familiar – having previously been head at Rauceby School a decade ago.
Stephen Tapley started his new post this term, taking over from Peter Jackson, saying: “William Alvey is a super school. When I first visited I was immediately struck by the children’s kindness towards each other and their fondness for the school, this is to the credit of everyone associated with William Alvey and particularly Mr Jackson.
“I have a huge amount of respect for the work that Mr Jackson and the staff at the school have done over the last 15 years. I do not plan to make any immediate, dramatic changes but I would like to work with children, staff, parents, governors and the local community to help move the school forwards. I want to ensure we continue to provide the children at William Alvey with the best possible education we can, this means maintaining the high academic standards, continuing to focus on behaviour, developing the extra-curricular provision and promoting links within the community and the church.”
He said the school had a fantastic reputation for music, plus several dance clubs that have won awards across the county and they have many other successful extra-curricular clubs. He is particularly keen to start a community table tennis club.
This is Mr Tapley’s fourth headship and he is married with two children. He said: “School should be fun and the children and the staff should enjoy coming to work. I truly believe that at the primary level at least there is no problem that can’t be fixed if we work together to solve it.”