Dear Parents

As you will be aware much has happened at Bournville Primary over the last 2 years.  We have won national awards, gained outstanding Ofsted status and have been made a National Teaching School, but most importantly our children continue to have great experiences, make stunning progress and thrive here at Bournville. Many schools from across the country visit us to see what we do and how we work (“the we” being: children, staff, parents and our environment).

The government are changing the way Education is managed; within the next twelve months local Authorities will have little responsibility for children’s education. This responsibility is being transferred to groups of schools and Regional Commissioners.

As a National Teaching School we have an important part to play in this next phase of educational leadership and development, much planning is required to secure Bournville’s place as a leading school. I’m afraid that I do not have the capacity to run the school and do this piece of work. Therefore, the Governors have decided that for the rest of the school year Mrs Berry will become The Head of School and help me run Bournville Primary School. I wish to make it clear that I will still be the Headteacher and will be responsible for the school, I am not going anywhere. Mrs Berry will be responsible for the day to day running of the school site and will be allocated various other whole school responsibilities around teaching and learning. She will be supported by Mrs Chaffey, the senior staff and me. Should any child, parent or carer wish to see me I will be here for them.

Obviously I will keep you updated of any changes that might be on the horizon, although at this stage I do not foresee any that will affect the children, this is more about the Teaching School and how it can work to local school communities’ advantage, which will have a very positive impact upon Bournville.

Mrs Berry will be coming out of class until September, but will be working closely with Mrs Hamman and Mrs Day to ensure that 1A have a smooth change of teacher and continue to flourish.

I’m sure you will all support Mrs Berry in her new role; she is an exceptional teacher and an experienced leader who will be giving 100% to our children and staff over the next 8 months, we will all benefit greatly from her enthusiasm and skill.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year.

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me


Adam Matthews