Upminster primary school launches online video in search of new headteacher

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 January 2016

Deborah Weston, chairwoman of governors, Andy Kelly, headteacher, and pupils from Branfill Primary School.

Deborah Weston, chairwoman of governors, Andy Kelly, headteacher, and pupils from Branfill Primary School.


“Someone who cares about children, a good role model and someone who always listens” were some of the key characteristics pupils say they are looking for in a new headteacher.

Branfil Primary School, Cedar Avenue, Upminster, decided that instead of advertising for the role through newspapers, it would be creative and make a video with pupils at the forefront of the search.

Deborah Weston, chairwoman of governors, said: “We are immensely proud of the video and so happy with everyone, both staff and pupils, who helped to make it.

“Hopefully this will encourage more people to come forward for the position as well as encourage more parents to think about sending their children here.”

The entire school was involved in the project with 25 children asked “what’s so great about Branfil Primary School?” and “what sort of headteacher are we looking for?”

One child explained that the successful applicant should be “kind, clever and confident” while another said they wanted the “happy atmosphere” to be kept at Branfil.

From the playground to the IT suite, the video also gives a virtual tour around the school.

The video was made after headteacher Andy Kelly announced that he was taking early retirement.

Deborah said: “It’s going to be tricky for the next person who takes over as they’re following in the footsteps of a great headteacher but we hope that we can find someone who will be perfect for the role.

“This is a very important decision and like always, we wanted the children to be part of the process in some way.

“Fingers crossed that our school will be seen by everyone as the great place to learn that we know it is.”

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