Burnt Mill Academy Trust

Roydon's new Head's vision

The new head of a primary school is making art and technology a priority for children.

Jenni Elliott took up her post as head of school at Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, Roydon, at the start of the new term, moving across from partner school Cooks Spinney Primary Academy.

Along with getting to know the school and its community, the new head’s mission is to improve IT and get children’s creative juices flowing.

Mrs Elliott, who spent several years teaching in Spain before joining the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) last September, said: “I want to be having lots of conversations with children, staff and parents to get to know the school well and to establish where we’re at.

“Firstly, I want to tackle the IT provision here. The wifi is very weak, so that needs improving, but I also want to get more iPads for the children to work with. We already have ten, generously provided by the Friends of Roydon School Association, but I would like to have more.

“My long-term plan is to really focus on creative arts at Roydon; drama, art and music. The children at Roydon are a really lively and creative bunch so I want to use that. If you focus on the arts and creativity in general, that feeds into the other areas of the curriculum and will have a positive impact on their learning.”

Mrs Elliott also plans –

  • To launch Pobble, an initiative to inspire children’s literacy by giving them a global audience for their work, with opportunities to give and receive feedback via the internet.
  • To improve the school’s buildings and grounds. The school has already benefited from a brand new kitchen, fitted over the summer, and plans are in place to set up a planning, preparation and assessment room to enable teachers to step away from the classroom to complete their work.
  • To continue raising the quality of teaching, with some teachers going on The Outstanding Teacher programme and working closely with the BMAT teaching school.
  • To launch a Spanish club.

She said: “These are the things which will move the school forward. We need to be ensuring everything we do is excellent and of the highest quality. The children need and deserve the absolute best in their learning. Unless the basics are in place, we can’t build on them.”