This month we would like to introduce to you the new headteacher at All Saints Primary School. Mr Sharp was kind enough to answer the questions in detail, so much detail we had to edit it down for the printed version of the magazine. However, we have the opportunity to share the full article with readers here on the new Skircoat Green Directory website. Please read on…
What’s the best bit about your job?
Quite simply put…it’s the children. They’re at the heart of every decision I make which is why I love to get back into the classroom as often as possible to escape some of the stresses of being a Head. I came into this profession 8 years ago to make a difference in society and to promote social justice within the community I served. I’ve always had a passion to improve myself and being a teacher enabled me to provide children with a plethora of experiences to make sure they could be the best version of themselves, too. Now as a Headteacher, I also enjoy developing the skills of the staff in my school. The Headteachers who I have worked for took chances on me and I will be forever grateful. It’s thanks to them that I am where I am now. I, too, hope to nurture my staff so that they can grow and achieve their own career goals as well as having the greatest impact on children’s lives. The school’s motto is ‘Let it Shine!’ and I believe that this is reflective of the whole school community.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
It’s important to have a healthy work/ life balance. Once my school work is completed, I enjoy working out at the gym and have recently started swimming. Family and friends are very important to me so I also enjoy socialising with them and making memories. I am a proud uncle of 2 nieces and 2 nephews who I adore and spoil rotten. I enjoy eating out, watching the latest films at the cinema and relaxing on a beach in the summer.
What’s your favourite drink if you have one?
Ok. I’ll provide a sensible answer and an honest one! I drink cucumber water during the working week and relax with a Long Island Ice Tea when socialising with friends.
I like all types of food to be honest but the spicier the better!
Favourite local restaurant / pub and why?
I’d have to say Harrison Social in Halifax. Not only was it the venue for mine and my twin’s (Adam) fantastic 30th birthday party last June, the food is amazing, there’s a variety of drinks to try and the owner (Matthew) is very welcoming and knowledgeable. There’s a stylish and trendy feel to the place, too.
What’s been your most embarrassing / funny / proud / memorable experience? (choose whichever most appropriate)
My proudest ‘adult’ moment to date would have to be receiving the call from the Chair of Governors, Sarah Killingback, telling me that I had successfully been appointed as the Headteacher at All Saints’. I was absolutely over the moon and felt so honoured to have been entrusted with children’s futures. The sense of accomplishment was unbelievable and it felt amazing telling all of my family and friends the news. They were all so proud and I’d like to thank them for supporting me on the journey (they know who they are!)
A favourite memory from my childhood was when I played Joseph in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School. It was the first time I dared to audition for such a role and I learnt to always ‘give things a go’ if I felt passionate about them. Seeing my proud parents and Grandad in the audience was a wonderful feeling that I’ll never forget. Taking risks is a quality I would like to instil in my children at All Saints’.
Favourite Book – why?
I don’t really have a favourite book. I’ve enjoyed reading children’s books to my class in the past but now I read for work purposes as opposed to pleasure. I’m currently reading ‘Outstanding Teaching – Engaging Learners’ by Andy Griffith and Mark Burns and I’m looking forward to sharing my findings in staff meetings over the year as we redesign our school curriculum.
Desert Island Disc?
A desert island deserves a relaxing soundtrack so it would have to be Celine Dion’s greatest hits! (And I’m proud to admit that!) My friends and I enjoyed seeing her live in Las Vegas as a part of my 30th celebrations. It was truly the best experience of my life! My friend Jennie and I have even paid a small fortune to see her on her UK tour later this year.
What’s at the top of your ‘must have’ experiences list still to do?
I love holidaying and visiting different parts of the world. I would love to spend Christmas and New Year in a private igloo shaped cabin under the Northern Lights in an Arctic resort. It would be magical.
What excites you most about at All Saints in the coming year?
I am extremely excited about the journey I am taking All Saints’ on. I am fortunate to have committed staff and governors, supportive parents and the best children – I am proud of each and every one of them. Within the next year, I will continue getting to know the children and their families, provide opportunities for them to develop their own talents and interests and revitalise the school’s bespoke curriculum to promote independent learning in an engaging and reflective environment.
Furthermore, every school should be at the heart of the community in which it serves, so I would like to improve links with the local businesses and services in the Skircoat area. If any businesses out there would like to form a link or complete a collaboration project, please get in touch with the school.
I welcome you all to be a part of All Saints’ future.