Hello and welcome to our school. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We hope that you find it informative and the information you need is easy to find.
Here at Huntingtree, the leadership team consists of eight people. Mr. Lloyd (Deputy Headteacher), Mr. Hickman (Assistant Headteacher), Mrs. Balmforth (Early Years Phase Leader), Miss Smart (Y1/2 Phase Leader), Mr. Evans (Y3/4 Phase Leader), Miss Jones (Y5/6 Phase Leader), Mrs Lee (School Business Manager) and me, Mr. Harrold, the 'new-ish' Headteacher here at Huntingtree.
I joined Huntingtree in September 2016. I've been a teacher since 2003: I started teaching at a school called Brickhouse Primary in Rowley. In my second year of teaching, I was made Acting Deputy Head and I've held leadership positions in schools ever since. I was seconded from Brickhouse to Devonshire Junior School and then Temple Meadow Primary School to support the leadership teams at those respective schools. My next permanent school was Wollescote Primary School, near Lye. I moved there in 2009 and had 7 wonderful years working as Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher (twice) to help move the school from Special Measures to become a good school when I left in July 2016.
Huntingtree is a school that is moving forward at pace and getting better every day. The children are fantastic, the staff are dedicated and we are fortunate to be supported by an excellent community of parents and helpers who care passionately about the school. This is demonstrated by the swelling number of volunteers, who willingly give up their own time to support the children at Huntingtree. Alongside this, we have a wonderful Home School Association (HSA) who run a daily 'Shed Shop,' regular fundraising events and contribute tirelessly to the life of the school.
The school was rightly rated as for the second consecutive time by Ofsted in June 2016 and, since then, the staff here have been working extremely hard to improve the learning journey each child has at Huntingtree. At our most recent Ofsted inspection in February 2019, our hard work was recognised and we are now deemed to be a good school. The Ofsted judgement does not mean that we can now rest on our laurels and coast along. We are even more determined now to make this school the best it can be and provide the children that come here with the best and most enjoyable education possible.
Our aim is to continue to build a school community where every child is known, happy and learning.
To achieve this aim, we expect staff to be excellent role models of our key values of perseverance, respect, cooperation, caring, fairness and independence. We expect our pupils to be the embodiment of these values and to adhere at all times to our school rules of:
In the short journey we have taken so far, we have re-designed our school curriculum we have improved all aspects of safeguarding across school - so that parents can be confident their children will be safe during the school day. We have overhauled our assessment systems to give teachers as much diagnostic information as possible and we have worked tirelessly to reduce workload and thus enable teachers to focus on their core purpose of teaching amazing lessons. We have also made a number of changes to the school building to provide an environment that supports excellent teaching and we will soon be moving into a new Early Years and Infant building.
We are team of honest people who are striving to improve things each day and are always ready to listen to constructive ideas of how to improve further.
I hope that you enjoy our website and that it gives you a flavour of what our school is about.