As you may have read last week, I shall be leaving Outwoods Edge at the end of the academic year. It was a difficult decision as I have been at the school for over seventeen years. Time does fly and if I remember back to when I started Outwoods Edge was a very different place in 2001. The building itself was essentially a rectangular block with a mobile classroom at the end for the Foundation Stage. When I look at the improvements that have been made to the original building and the extensions added on over the years I can see how much better things are now. Of course the school had to have more classrooms to take the extra children that we have welcomed over the years. When I started there were 260 pupils and that compares with 415 now. Extra classrooms enabled us to move to a two form intake, something I set as a goal from day one. Each cohort of children have been different but each has contributed to the development of the school and, I believe, benefitted from a great experience.
Of course I am not going yet! I am looking forward to working with the staff, governors and children over the next two and half terms. There are lots of things to do and plans to complete before I go. But, by July, I want to make sure Outwoods Edge is ready to welcome a new Headteacher next September.
Mark Maksymiw (Headteacher)
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