Pupils, staff and parents at the Crescent School in Bilton, Rugby are welcoming a number of new faces this new academic year, as in addition to its new pupils the school also has a number of new staff members and a new Headmaster.

Joe Thackway takes over the headship of the school. He replaces Huw Marshall who retired at the end of the last academic year after 15 years of outstanding service. Joe joins us from Hallfield School in Birmingham, where he was Deputy Head for the last ten years. A very experienced teacher, with a strong track record of success in school leadership and management, Joe will be responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Crescent. He will also sit on the Princethorpe Foundation Executive Committee.

The Crescent is also welcoming three new class teachers. Claire Pullen is the new Reception Teacher and Lisa Emery the Class 1 Teacher. They both replace longstanding Crescent teachers, Sandra Clayton and Anne Boys, who both retired in the summer after a grand total of 54 years’ service at the school.

Mrs Pullen joins the Crescent from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Leamington Spa. With 22 years of teaching experience, the last eight as a Reception teacher she brings a wealth of experience to the school. Her enthusiasm for providing engaging education combined with her warm and calm approach ensures that the children in her care achieve a wonderful start to their school life.

Mrs Emery has been working most recently at Boughton Leigh Infant School, Rugby as an Early Years Teacher. An experienced Early Years practitioner, she has previously worked in schools in both Leamington Spa and Rugby and been recognised as an outstanding teacher who is committed to providing a learning environment that promotes progress, builds confidence and is bespoke to individual need.

The third new Class teacher is Amanda Yates who joins the Crescent to look after the second Year 4 class. Mrs Yates joins us from The Revel Primary School in Rugby and she has over 12 years’ experience teaching. She has a strong Science background and a passion for education and is looking forward to exciting the children with their learning.

This September the Crescent has also added a new Head of Girls Games, Rachel McCollin, as a result of the school increasing the amount of time children participate in sport with the introduction of dedicated Games afternoons for Year 3/4 and 5/6. Rachel has most recently been working at the Harris School, where as Head of Department for PE and Sport she built an extensive programme of games and extra-curricular activities that included sports trips and tours. Rachel will be working with Matt Phillips, Head of Sport at the Crescent, who leads on Boys Games and her appointment takes the PE teaching staff to a total of four.

The school is also welcoming a new Teaching Assistant, Jodie Nelson, who will working with Class III and Class VI. Jodie has long standing ties with the school and has supported the Crescent in the past but is now taking on a permanent position.

New Headmaster, Joe Thackway, comments, “It is an immense privilege to take on the headship of the Crescent at this exciting time. I am looking forward to working with all the staff, pupils and parents. I have big ambitions for this little school. There has been lots going on at the Crescent this summer. Together with our new staff this autumn we also have some fantastic new facilities. 2017-18 is going to be another great year. We have an Open Day coming up and I would encourage prospective parents to come and see our wonderful school in action, all are most welcome. The Open day is on Friday 6 October 10.00am – 3.00pm.”