New Headteacher

5th November 2019

Letter from Governing Body - Appointment of New Headteacher


Dear Parent/Carer


As you are already aware Mrs Adamski, our Headteacher for the past 13 years, moved on in the summer. Since May, when we were informed of her decision to leave, the Governing Body have been actively seeking a full time replacement. After a thorough and exhaustive process, we are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our search and Mrs Alison Pymm has been appointed Headteacher of Creswell Junior School effective from January 2020.


We believe that this appointment will best enable us to build on our successes and continue on the path that makes Creswell Junior School a first class learning establishment and a safe, caring, inspiring environment for your children.


We are sure that all parents will continue with their support of our school and our new Headteacher.


The Governing body would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the good work done by Mr Ashley Burton, in taking on the Acting Headship role, and the staff for their continued professional excellence during the transition period, which saw us, maintain our expected high standards and values.


On the back of this, is a letter from Mrs Pymm. 


Yours sincerely,


Paul Colbert

Chair of Governors

On Behalf of the Governing Body of Creswell Junior School

I feel incredibly privileged, and excited, to be writing to you, following my appointment as your new headteacher, from January 2020.  I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself and provide you with some background information as well as share my goals and aspirations.

My name is Alison Pymm and I am currently the headteacher of Hodthorpe Primary School.  My time at Hodthorpe has been immensely rewarding, and I am very proud of the dedication and commitment shown by the staff, children and parents there, and the many successes we have experienced together.  As well as a headteacher, and teacher, I am a wife and mum to two amazing children and the owner of a very high maintenance dog, called Arlo. I completed my teaching degree twelve years ago; relatively late in life, after serving a full term as Chair of Governors at Holmesdale Infant School and concluding that a school was the most amazing environment in which to work.  I was fortunate to be employed as a Y5 teacher at Dronfield Junior School in the final year of my degree, and on completion of that contract was employed as a Reception teacher at Deer Park Primary School.  I remained at Deer Park, for ten years, working in every year group and within all three key stages:  I was Deputy Head for the last six years.

I am passionate about working in partnership with the children, governors and yourselves (as the parent community) to continue to develop Creswell Junior as an exciting, happy and successful school.  For me, the needs of the children will always be paramount in the life and decision making within our school.  I believe in providing our children with exciting, creative and meaningful learning experiences, which build their enthusiasm for learning and help them to grow and develop to reach their full potential.  I also feel it is crucial to involve the children and you, their families, as partners in their education.  My goal is to build a whole school community, which thrives on our mutual ambition and respect and truly values the strength of those relationships.

To these ends, I am going to hold an open meeting, within the first week I’m in post, to enable you (and members of the local community) to have an opportunity to meet me, informally, chat about school life and share our goals for the future.  This will be straight after school, to enable as many people as possible to attend.  The details will follow in December.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Burton, the governors of Creswell Junior and every member of the team for such a warm welcome to this very special school.  I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have already been able to spend time in the school over the past month; this invaluable introduction, I know, will help facilitate a smooth transition in January.

I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work together, continuing to grow and develop our whole school community to ensure that Creswell Junior is a school that the children love coming to and one which provides an outstanding all-round educational experience in which everyone can flourish.  I look forward to meeting you and your children over the coming months.  From January, I will be in the schoolyard every morning, please feel free to say hello and introduce yourself.

Yours sincerely

Alison Pymm