New deputy brings a buzz to school life

New Moorside deputy head Jonathan Whitwell with some of the school's pupils.
New Moorside deputy head Jonathan Whitwell with some of the school's pupils.

A new primary school deputy head is aiming to help raise the already high standards at his school.

Jonathan Whitwell joined Moorside Primary School in September from St Mary’s CE Primary School in Kirkby Lonsdale, where he had been deputy head for the last six years.

“It has been a big move for me,” the 33-year-old said. “They are two very good but very different schools.

“It’s a really exciting time to be joining Moorside, and it’s the perfect job for me really.

“The reason I came here was because from the minute I set foot in the school I could feel a buzz and vibrancy and I got a brilliant impression.

“It’s a big school but there is a big family focus to it.”

As well as spending part of his week teaching, Mr Whitwell is undertaking other roles within school.

“We have got some really committed staff,” he said. “Part of my role is to be in the classrooms observing and I have seen some really high quality teaching going on across the board.

“The staff are really pro-active and motivated. The commitment of the staff here make it such a wonderful place to work.

“Another of my jobs this year is to design a new curriculum for next year.

“That’s going to be a major part of my role for this year, making sure our new curriculum is meaningful to the children, making it real and relevant to their lives.

“We are also looking to get the children out on residential and day visits that offer them different experiences from what they are used to.

“It is also important that we maintain standards; we set the bar high and the children rise to it.

“It’s about making sure we are offering the whole package, and making sure we are turning out well-rounded citizens.”

Moorside could be expanding in the near future, with consultation under way into the possibility of increasing reception class numbers by a third.

“We are all really motivated by the possible changes and the new opportunities that can bring,” Mr Whitwell said.

“As a school we are excited by the prospect of the expansion and are looking forward to embracing everything that goes with it.”

under the guidance of head Roger Shone

Mr Whitfield, who is originally from East Lancashire but now lives in Kendal, added: “The welcome that I have had has been just phenomenal.”