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Proud to Be Part of Our School Community

6 February 2020
Proud to Be Part of Our School Community

As February begins, I’m delighted to be starting my second month as the principal of Bowerhill Primary School. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our school’s wonderful community.

Over the coming weeks, I will be writing a series of blog posts outlining my vision for the school and the path to making Bowerhill Primary School the finest in the area. But first, I would like to tell you a bit more about myself.

Before joining Bowerhill Primary School, I was the principal at Mountford Manor Primary School in Swindon. Having spent five successful years in the role, and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading a school, I felt the opportunity to take up the headship at Bowerhill was too good to turn down.

Prior to becoming a principal, I was key stage 2 lead and subsequently deputy head at Drove Primary School, and also spent time at Swindon Teaching School (STS). My role at STS gave me an insight into professional development that I plan to use to further enhance our teaching team.

On a personal level, I grew up in Swindon and still live in the town. In my spare time I enjoy keeping active and currently play netball competitively in the Swindon league.

As I previously mentioned, you can expect to see a series of blogs published on the school website over the coming weeks. Some of the topics will include:

  • Building on Our School’s Core Values
  • Believing in Values-based Education
  • Nurturing and Further Enhancing Our Staff
  • Engaging the Community to Continue Our Progress

The publication of these blogs is the beginning of our school’s increased focus on improving communication with our community. This will primarily be done through our [school website] (Link to and our social media accounts. So, if you don’t already, please take this opportunity to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Matthews for making my transition a smooth process and congratulate him on a great job as principal. I’m excited to build on the excellent progress the school made during Andrew’s time in charge.

As I begin my headship, I will be doing a lot to learn more about Bowerhill Primary School, our pupils, their families, and the community so that I can steer the school in the right direction.

If you have any questions or queries, I would love to hear them, so please contact the school on 01225 700964.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Rachel Skates

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