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Headteacher- Mrs J Barber

I believe I am one lucky person; I get to do a job every day that gives me the most enormous amount of satisfaction. I spend time every day working with wonderful children who want to learn, improve and do their best, as well as dedicated and committed staff who work as part of a successful team.

It is vital that we all have a sense of humour to face the ever changing face of education today. We are always positive and encourage children by being good role models. I aim to do my best for every child in our school. I work hard to make a difference and lead by example. I hope that the children enjoy what we have to offer and want to come here to our school.

My teaching career has always been in Derbyshire. I began my teaching in Heath, in Chesterfield, as a Newly Qualified Teacher. I then moved to Swadlincote, in the South of Derbyshire, to work in a Junior school. Next, I moved to Eckington to work in an Infant school teaching Y2 children for the next 5 years. It was while I was here I decided I wanted to be instrumental in the management of change in a school. It was Deputy Headship that beckoned. I moved to a VA school in the same village and spent 5 years learning many leadership skills in preparation for being a head teacher.

I then had a daughter called Victoria (who is now 15), and James is 11. This has enabled me to see teaching from a whole new perspective. You see things very differently as a parent!

In January 2006 I moved to take up my first headship of a small rural village primary school. I missed the church links but knew from day one that headship was for me. It was what I was meant to do. In April 2008 I came to Bishop Pursglove C of E VA Primary School and in June 2011 was made Executive Head teacher of Stoney Middleton and Bishop Pursglove.

The rest as they say is history. I work hard to ensure that every child is treated as an individual, that every child matters and I always give that extra bit that, I believe, makes a difference.

2012 was a great year that saw our schools rewarded for all the hard work and commitment of EVERY member of staff. A “Good” Ofsted report! This was a huge achievement and I am delighted to say I have been part of that successful journey!

In September 2014 I became Head here at Chapel. I thoroughly enjoy leading the school and am working very hard, along with ALL the staff, to see the children succeed. It is vital to remember that children are individuals and whilst data and standards are imperative we should not lose sight of all the other skills I believe we need to develop in our children.

Please come and see us in school to see for yourself what happy, hard working and enthusiastic children (and staff) we have here at Chapel.