Headteacher sets out vision for new primary

MHRA-23-09-11 HEAD SEP53 (5)'Mark Walsh, new headteacher at St Marie's Infant School, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
MHRA-23-09-11 HEAD SEP53 (5)'Mark Walsh, new headteacher at St Marie's Infant School, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.

CHILDREN, staff and parents have given a new headteacher a warm welcome to a Rugby town school.

Mark Walsh, 40, began his role as headteacher at St Marie’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery at the start of the term.

Mr Walsh, who is married and has two young children, said: “I’m really enjoying it. Everyone has been very positive and it’s been a really good start to the term.”

Mr Walsh worked for ten years at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Leamington Spa, where he worked his way up to deputy headteacher, before moving to Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Alcester for two terms as acting head.

St Marie’s is his first official headship.

The primary school is made up of the former St Marie’s infant and junior schools which have now merged, with Mr Walsh dividing his time between the Dunchurch Road site and Merttens Drive.

Mr Walsh said: “We’re all united under the same vision. The merger hasn’t been an issue.”

According to Mr Walsh, his vision is for children to become lifelong learners and for them to feel safe in school.

He added: “I want the children to develop their faith within their school life and take that forward.”

Mr Walsh thanked everyone for making him feel so welcome at the school. He said: “I’m so pleased everyone is settling in and have made me feel so welcome.

“Everyone who works here puts the children first and that’s brilliant.”

“There is a stunning atmosphere within the school and that’s all down to the teachers.”