Principal Profile: Scott James Looks to the Future at Forest and Sandridge
In September 2021, Scott commences his new role as Interim Principal at Forest and Sandridge Primary School. In response to the latest announcement, we spoke to Scott about his plans for the future.
Having spent 11 years as a teacher, seven of which in senior leadership roles, Scott James joined the White Horse Federation as Assistant Principal at Drove Primary School in September 2018. Scott’s vast experience spanned a variety of roles including Maths Lead, Key Stage 2 Leader, and non-teaching Assistant Principal, and he has also acted as Pupil Premium Lead working with primary schools across the Federation.
In September 2021, Scott commences his new role as Interim Principal at Forest and Sandridge Primary School.
In response to the latest announcement, we spoke to Scott about his plans for the future.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
There are lots of things I am looking forward to but most of all I am looking forward to forming strong relationships with staff, children, parents, governors, and other stakeholders.
Like many schools, last year was difficult so it was great to hear about some of the amazing things our staff and children got up to, for example, the incredible virtual production of Oliver. However, it was also fantastic to hear how the school facilitated whole school worship, which saw around 250 users all logged on at the same time. So I’m looking forward to building on the good work of my predecessor, and have high expectations for all staff and pupils as we move forward.
Our plans for extending the school are still in the early stages of the planning process but it is hoped that, if approved, our Reception intake would increase from 60 to 75 in September 2022. This is in response to both the increase in housing in the local area and the fact our school’s popularity means we consistently receive more applications than places available every year. So exciting times ahead!
What have been your greatest achievements to date either at TWHF or prior to this?
There isn’t one single achievement but I feel my strength lies in consistently leading improved outcomes for children. I see no reason why our school cannot be classed as ‘Outstanding’ in the future and I’m excited to be part of that journey, whilst having a lot of fun along the way.
During your time at the TWHF, how have you been supported as a leader and with regards to continuing professional development?
As a non-class based school leader at Drove Primary School, I was fortunate to be in the position of working closely alongside the Headteacher for the last three years, helping to drive school improvement from Nursery through to Year 6.
During this time, I gained knowledge and a deep understanding of all aspects of school leadership, including school improvement, finance, HR, supporting vulnerable pupils and driving positive change.
How will you ensure a smooth transition sochildren, staff, and parents are not impacted by the change?
Since my appointment and up to the end of term, I spent every Monday on site at the school alongside the outgoing headteacher, getting to know the school, our parents, and our children. I have been working closely with the school improvement team to look at how we can build on some of the amazing successes we have had over the last twelve months.
And finally, what inspires you most?
The thing that inspires me most is supporting children in their learning and helping them develop into well-rounded individuals, and reach their full potential.