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New headteacher for Penair School

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

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PENAIR'S head teacher Dr Vann is retiring at the end of this term so, starting in September, the school will have a new head teacher, Mrs Nicky Edmondson.

Students, staff and parents alike are wondering about Penair's new head, what she will bring to Penair and what she is like.

We were lucky enough to interview her when she visited the school recently. We asked Mrs Edmondson about her own life as a pupil, her personal interests, how she came to be a teacher and what her plans are for Penair.

Mrs Edmondson said that when she was younger it was her own school teachers who inspired her to pursue a career in education.

Her favourite subject was English and it was due to her inspirational teacher and her love of reading and poetry that she chose to become an English teacher.

As a teacher she saw that a head teacher can have an even bigger influence over children and make a difference to their lives.

Mrs Edmondson is currently head and an English teacher at the Henry Box School in Oxfordshire. We asked her about what she would miss most when she leaves her current job.

She said: "I will miss all the pupils and staff whom I've worked with and the amazing buildings which date back to 1660."

"One of the achievements I am most proud of at the Henry Box is managing to create a new centre designed especially for children who need additional support with their education."

In her spare time, Mrs Edmondson enjoys sailing if the weather is good. She loves going on walks with her family, so much so, that she is a member of the National Trust. To relax she enjoys needlework and reading.

When asked about her move to Cornwall she said: "Over the past 15 years I've been visiting Cornwall with my family, enjoying all the walks and sailing that Cornwall has to offer."

"When I saw the advertisement for a head teacher at Penair, I decided to visit the school and I was, quite simply, inspired by it." It was then she decided to make the move to Cornwall.

What changes will Mrs Edmondson bring to Penair?

"During my first few weeks of leading the school I will talk to everyone – members of staff, parents and governors who can all contribute ideas to help make positive changes to the school.

"One of my greatest aims is to ensure that Penair students continue to achieve their amazing examination results even though changes to exams will occur in the next few years."

Mrs Edmondson and her family are excited to finally make the move to the place they have been visiting for years, and Penair is excited about her arrival which will be in September 2013.

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