Hello from New Hanbury Head


2nd September 2021

"I am delighted to be writing to you after my appointment as the new Head teacher at Hanbury from September.
"Over the past few weeks, I have spent some time in school and have received a warm welcome into the Hanbury family by all children, staff and parents I have met."
Aaron McDonagh
Having a young family myself, I am fully aware of the trust that is placed in all of us to ensure that all children flourish through our care, love and nurture.
It is a great privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility to continue Hanbury’s journey following Mr Payne’s retirement.  I would like to add my thanks and best wishes and I am sure he will be looking forward to a well-earned rest!  I look forward to working closely with Miss Bishop and all the staff to build upon all achievements and successes achieved so far.
The needs of the children are central to all that we will do and the decisions that we will make in school. Within our rich curriculum, we have responsibility to ensure that we develop the whole child. I have a firm belief that children thrive when learning is brought to life through a creative, engaging and meaningful curriculum. Our aim is to enthuse our children to have a thirst for knowledge, love of learning, and become lifelong learners. Be assured that I will strive to create and ensure access to the best possible education for all children.
The foundation of all success is effective partnerships within our community and importantly with you as parents and carers.
I hope you have all had and restful summer. As staff we have returned today for two Teacher Training Days and look forward to welcoming children back into school from Monday 6th September.
Please take note of the continued staggered start that will be from Monday 6th September. Key Stage 2 (Y3 & 4) should arrive between 8.45-8.55am, followed by Key Stage 1 (R, Y1 &Y2) between 8.55-9.05am.  If you have children in both Key Stages, please drop off at the earlier time - teachers will be in their classrooms from 8.45am. 
Clubs start from 14th September, so we will monitor the collection time which for all children is currently 3pm.
Children should now attend every day in their school uniform. Please ensure that PE kits are in school from the start of term. Children may wear trainers or plimsolls for PE but children should be able to fasten their footwear themselves.
As I am sure you are aware, the road continues to be a safety issue and I would ask you to take this into account when dropping and collecting children. A member of our village community sadly died in a fatal road traffic accident this week. We offer our condolences to the family and will continue our efforts to reduce the speed limit to ensure the safety of all of us.
As per government guidance, we will no longer operate in bubbles in school and look forward to being all together as a school community.
We look forward to welcoming all children back on Monday.
Aaron McDonagh