The Crescent School teaches lifelong learning skills that help children navigate their future careers. The school recognises that the ongoing pursuit of knowledge for personal or professional reasons ensures self-sustainability in children’s post school lives out in the working world. Naturally that philosophy extends to the staff here at the school too so we are delighted to congratulate Mrs Forth and Mrs Lowe who have both recently completed qualifications.

Deputy Head, Mrs Bryony Forth has been awarded the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). A pre-requisite for a future head teacher, the qualification develops senior leadership knowledge and skills, including modules such as excellence in teaching as well as strategic, organisational and business skills. Mrs Forth commented, “At the core of this qualification is the ethos – how will it benefit the school? – that challenge ran through all of the modules I studied. I found the course fascinating and in the future I would like to be a headteacher.” Crescent is already seeing the benefit of Mrs Forth’s studies as her Happier Lunchtimes initiative was just one of the projects she completed as part of her course.

Mrs Sarah Lowe, Senior Teacher, has also just completed the AMDIS (The Association for Admissions, Marketing and Development in Independent Schools) Level 2 Diploma in Schools Marketing. Her course has developed her analytical and creative skills. She commented, “It has taken me 18 months to complete the course, but it has been really interesting and made me think out of the box. The marketing skills I have learnt are very transferable and I find I am using them at school in a variety of different ways. One of the projects I completed was based around the Junior da Vinci initiative.”

Headteacher, Joe Thackway, commented, “The staff here are passionate about learning so I was not at all surprised to hear that Mrs Forth and Mrs Lowe have been practising what they preach. I am delighted that they have successfully completed their qualifications and congratulate them both. Their new skills are already delivering tangible benefits to the Crescent.”