Connect with us

News

Students get to chance to help appoint Cambridgeshire assistant head

Avatar photo

Published

on

A panel of students from The Cavendish School, Cambridgeshire’s first state maintained special free school provision for autistic children, have helped the school appoint its new assistant headteacher, Gemma Dexter.

She will be assistant head, curriculum, assessment and learning.

Gemma, who joined the school in April, leads the delivery of the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), which focuses on the holistic development of the whole child.

The programme uses six themes to enable students to contextualise their learning and apply it to real-world scenarios.

The panel interviewed Gemma, and other candidates, as part of the school’s commitment to championing the student voice in its decision-making processes.

Each of the seven students on the panel asked the candidates a question, ranging from ‘What is your previous school experience?’ to ‘What opinions do you have regarding sensory breaks?’

The students then rated each of the candidate’s responses out of four and shared their comments, which was used as part of the final decision-making process.

The student panel prepare to interview a candidate with Assistant Headteacher, Jake Allcock

The student panel prepare to interview a candidate with Assistant Headteacher, Jake Allcock

Gemma has spent more than 15 years working in education, including leading the Weldon CE Primary School’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and being assistant headteacher at William Law CE Primary School.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have started my new role at The Cavendish School.

“I knew this school had something remarkable about it from the moment I first walked around the premises, and I’m pleased to be joining a team of incredible autism specialists.

“I truly believe that every child should receive an outstanding education, regardless of circumstance, and I am pleased to be part of a learning community that is helping to remove the barriers to education for young people with autism.”

Head of School, Stephanie Smith, said: “We are pleased to have welcomed Gemma to The Cavendish School, who brings with her a wealth of experience, energy, and enthusiasm.

“I look forward to working with her to continue to deliver and develop our curriculum using the PYP.

“The flexibility within the IB framework enables us to tailor the programme to our students’ individual strengths and passions. With Gemma onboard, our students will continue to thrive and flourish as they meet their personal aspirations.”

To find out more about The Cavendish School, please visit: https://thecavendishschool.org.uk/

Gemma Dexter, Assistant Headteacher, The Cavendish School

Gemma Dexter, Assistant Headteacher, The Cavendish SchoolAbout The Cavendish School

The Cavendish School is Cambridgeshire’s first state maintained special free school provision for young people with autism; it is collaborating with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to develop and deliver the first IB programmes tailored to the needs of autistic students.

The Cavendish School provides the unique educational environment that young people with autism need to thrive and succeed when their needs cannot be met in a mainstream school.

Its vision is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students can enjoy learning, achieve their potential and develop the key skills they need to thrive as independent, emotionally, and socially confident young adults.

 

Facebook

Read More

Stephen Moir says the Fenland chief executive Paul Medd (above) is simply wrong when he claims, in a report to be discussed by Fenland councillors next week, that the board must include a Cambridgeshire County Council member based within Fenland. Stephen Moir says the Fenland chief executive Paul Medd (above) is simply wrong when he claims, in a report to be discussed by Fenland councillors next week, that the board must include a Cambridgeshire County Council member based within Fenland.
News2 hours ago

County council puts its ‘tanks’ on Fenland’s lawns in row over £20m spending plans for Wisbech

'Councillor Tierney has not been nominated or appointed by this authority to act on this council’s behalf'

Cllr Stephen Ferguson says he has Labour Party members support for him to stand as an independent candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire constituency Cllr Stephen Ferguson says he has Labour Party members support for him to stand as an independent candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire constituency
News16 hours ago

Labour woes tempt Ferguson to stand as Independent candidate in St Neots

'I have some serious thinking to do' says Cllr Stephen Ferguson

Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP keynote speech to Eastern Powerhouse Conference in Cambridge today. Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP keynote speech to Eastern Powerhouse Conference in Cambridge today.
News21 hours ago

OPINION: Four things important in how the East and its people will succeed: Investment, Talent, Technology, Resilience.

The journey ahead for the Eastern Powerhouse, and the region we lead, is a demanding one

Cooking up a storm: Marianna Masters who has been selected by Labour as their Parliamentary candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire Cooking up a storm: Marianna Masters who has been selected by Labour as their Parliamentary candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire
News22 hours ago

Labour ‘fury’ as Huntingdonshire members excluded from election candidate choice

Labour choice for St Neots 'incredibly undemocratic'

James Palmer (left) opening today’s Eastern Powerhouse conference in Cambridge and (right) Mayor Dr Nik Johnson visiting Middle Level Commissioners ahead of a tour of the St German's pumping station. James Palmer (left) opening today’s Eastern Powerhouse conference in Cambridge and (right) Mayor Dr Nik Johnson visiting Middle Level Commissioners ahead of a tour of the St German's pumping station.
News1 day ago

James Palmer and Nik Johnson show there is more to unite than divide them

Both believe Cambridgeshire has massive potential still to unlock for jobs and growth

Ashley Baker, 41, subjected his partner to a barrage of abuse and controlling behaviour, including making her call him during her lunchbreak from work every day and forbidding her from going to the canteen Ashley Baker, 41, subjected his partner to a barrage of abuse and controlling behaviour, including making her call him during her lunchbreak from work every day and forbidding her from going to the canteen
News2 days ago

Doddington control freak Ashley Baker jailed for 7-year abuse of his partner

He controlled all aspects of her everyday life

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government – to transform the quality of grassroots facilities in England by delivering projects like this across the country. Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government – to transform the quality of grassroots facilities in England by delivering projects like this across the country.
News2 days ago

£1m grant will provide Stadia 3G pitch at Wisbech St Mary 

The new Fenland pitch will serve as a catalyst for growth

Cllr Marianna Masters, Parliamentary candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire, pictured with London Mayor Sadiq Khan Cllr Marianna Masters, Parliamentary candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire, pictured with London Mayor Sadiq Khan
News2 days ago

Lambeth councillor is Parliamentary candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambs

Labour's Marianna Masters is chair of the Fabian Women’s Network

MP and culture secretary Lucy Frazer in Saudi Arabia and tells hosts ‘we admire your young and vibrant people. We value your spirit of enterprise and ambition’ MP and culture secretary Lucy Frazer in Saudi Arabia and tells hosts ‘we admire your young and vibrant people. We value your spirit of enterprise and ambition’
News2 days ago

Lucy Frazer says UK poised to support Saudi Arabia ‘as you look to transform your economy’ 

Culture secretary Lucy Frazer in Saudi Arabia

Chief constable Nick Dean (left) who had previously commended disgraced police officer Mark Coteman (right) for bravery, resilience, and quick thinking’ Chief constable Nick Dean (left) who had previously commended disgraced police officer Mark Coteman (right) for bravery, resilience, and quick thinking’
News2 days ago

‘Hero to zero’ Cambs cop sacked 6 days before Crown Court sentencing on drugs and fraud charges

Since January 2022 there have been 15 misconduct hearings at Cambridgeshire Constabulary