Welcome to Ralph Butterfield Primary School

I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the headteacher for Ralph Butterfield School and I am very enthusiastic about what we can achieve to move our school forward. 

I have worked at Ralph Butterfield School for 18 years, choosing to stay due to my absolute dedication and commitment to the children, staff and parents in this particularly wonderful school community.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to take opportunities through a variety of roles to prior to my appointment as Headteacher, including Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.

Ralph Butterfield School enjoys a reputation for motivating children to try their best and achieve the highest standard of work that they are individually capable of.  High levels of progress and attainment have been achieved consistently here, year on year, for many years. The vast majority of our children leave the school having reached the nationally expected standard, with many children working above this standard.     

The children are absolutely at the heart of every decision we make and as a staff team we are very dedicated and care passionately about what we do.  We pride ourselves on the outstanding level of care shown for each individual child; going the extra mile is the norm for us, not the exception.  We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and work hard to ensure that every child is, and feels, safe, and has a caring and supportive environment in which to work, grow and enjoy time.  Underpinning everything is the shared goal between our parents/carers, staff and governors, of providing our children with the best possible education and experiences, preparing them for their next stage of education academically, but also with life skills and a good level of emotional resilience. 

I believe that a successful and happy school depends on everyone in that school community working well and supportively together.  It is therefore important to me that everyone feels valued and knows that they can contribute their thoughts and opinions.  As Headteacher, I will be actively seeking feedback from the children, parents/carers, external agencies and the wider community to ensure that we are all working together, in the same agreed direction, with an ethos of transparency, honesty, positivity and mutual respect.

With this in mind, you will find our School Development Plan (SDP) summary poster for 2020 - 2021 below.  It includes the key priority of developing effective communication and engagement with all stakeholders in our community.  In addition, we are working to improve our curriculum offer so that every subject has a high profile and learning experiences across the curriculum are consistently engaging and inspiring.  This is a big piece of work that will take time; I will keep you updated on its progress (and hopefully the children will too).  We are also keen to improve our school environment in a way that enhances our curriculum and offers our children a wider range of experiences, particularly in our outside areas. 

Our school is also fortunate to have a fantastic, enthusiastic board of governors, whose job it is to challenge what the school is doing and support its strategic leadership.  Parents/carers will have opportunities to meet and engage with our governors who are also keen to receive your feedback and ideas.            

I’m very much looking forward to working with you all throughout this exciting year, full of opportunities for development and improvement, building on previous success. 

Liz Clark


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