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New head for Bishop's Stortford primary school St Michael's

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St Michael's Church of England Primary School has promoted a familiar face to the headteacher's role.

Rachel Griffiths has been a teacher, and latterly deputy head, at the school in Apton Road, Bishop's Stortford, for 18 years.

She said: "It really is a privilege to be appointed as headteacher and I am so pleased that I can continue the leadership of a school I feel so passionately about.

New head Rachel Griffiths and St Michael's primary pupils (53072837)
New head Rachel Griffiths and St Michael's primary pupils (53072837)

"Having joined the school in 2003, I've always loved the family feel of our school, and I promise to continue our vision of preparing our children to be future global citizens of the world with an enjoyable and enriching learning culture that ensures no child is left behind."

Miss Griffiths, who succeeds Joanne Fradd, gained her teaching degree at Cambridge University. Her roles since then include being a leading literacy teacher, running a local branch of NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) and as school mental health lead. She is also a church leader.

One of her Year 6 pupils, Jenson Osborne, said: "We're so pleased that Miss Griffiths is our headteacher because we know her and she knows us really well. She is kind and listens to us."

Chair of governors Maggie Jarman said: "The governors were delighted to be able to appoint Rachel to the headteacher role after a robust and thorough recruitment process.

"The last two years have brought many challenges for everyone involved in education and Miss Griffiths has the passion and commitment to take the school forward."

The 200-year-old school is currently offering tours for parents of children who are interested in joining the reception class in September next year. See www.stmichaelsjmi.herts.sch.uk for more details.

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