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Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Darell Primary and Nursery School

I hope you are keeping well in these challenging times.  My name is Joe Porter and I am the  Headteacher at Darell Primary School. I am extremely proud to be in a position to lead this exceptional school.  It is in times of crisis that you fully appreciate the virtues of the people you surround yourself with and I have been humbled by the response from the Darell team.  As I write, it is a joy to hear happy children playing in the playground. The full return to school has been a success and it is fantastic to be able to focus on our children’s learning.  They do not need to catch up as they are where they are and from this point on, we will work with every child to ensure they reach their full potential.    

The child who joins Darell will be welcomed, made to feel special and part of a community.  We pride ourselves on helping our youngest children, in Nursery and in Reception, to master the skills they need to succeed and participate in learning.  

The child who leaves Darell will have spent time in a diverse, inclusive and supportive school where the needs of the individual are recognised and nurtured.  They will have had access to a wide range of enriching experiences and in line with the schools enriched curriculum and will have had the opportunity to ‘Make a difference’ to their and others lives.  Excellent teaching will have resulted in them achieving their potential in readiness for the next stage in their learning journey. 

Last year our Year 6 results were significantly above the national average in all areas and also higher than the Richmond average in all areas. Results only tell a part of the story.  What we want, is for our children to have learnt about themselves and the needs of others. We will equip them with a toolbox of understanding, empathy and enquiry that fosters confidence in themselves and their abilities and enables them to thrive in our ever-changing world. 

At this point, I would like to welcome you into school to see how we make a difference.  We are still welcoming safe socially distanced visits .  Please contact the school if you would like any further information and I will personally get back to you in good time.

Kind regards,

Joe Porter

Headteacher