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Introducing Sheina Wright, the next Head of Amesbury

We are delighted to confirm Sheina Wright will succeed Nigel Taylor as Head of Amesbury from September 2018.

Sheina joins Amesbury from Guildford High School where she is Deputy Head (Curriculum), Specialist Leader in Education (English) and Continual Personal Development (CPD) lead. She is also Primary Lead for United Teaching, training teachers of the future across the United Learning Group, the parent company of Guildford High School.

This announcement comes following an exhaustive selection process that commenced in September and concluded last week. Amesbury received significant interest in the opportunity, when it was advertised through the Times Educational Supplement. The breadth of experience and track record seen across those applying was highly impressive and a number of very strong candidates were met. However, the Governor selection group unanimously and enthusiastically backed Sheina in the final round and Amesbury are absolutely delighted that we have been able to attract someone with such a diverse but relevant set of skills.

According to Amesbury’s Chair of Governors, Tarquin Henderson, “The criteria, which drove our selection process, were centred upon a desire to build on everything Nigel Taylor and his team have built over the last 24 years, recognising that Amesbury is in an excellent place as a school, community and as a business. The specific search criteria were very much in line with the development of the school’s strategic direction, which we published through our Governors’ Prospectus earlier this year. Specifically, Amesbury’s desire to recruit, develop and retain the very best into the Common Room, to embrace new methods of teaching and to ensure that all Amesburians are able to develop a greater sense of personal well being were never far from our minds as each candidate was interviewed. Furthermore, those objectives were developed in a large part around the parental responses to the RS Pulse Survey – where the quality of teaching was the first, second and third priority of parents allied to the wellbeing of their children.

“We were looking for someone who had an impressive track record in the education of children, someone with drive and vision but most importantly, someone who ‘got’ Amesbury and could see how we could develop the school and its children to meet the future demands of a fast changing world.

“In Sheina, we have found that person.”

Sheina was educated at Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School before University at UWE, Bristol where she as awarded a 2.1 BA Hons (QTS) English. Her first teaching role in the independent sector was as a KS1 teacher and History co-ordinator at St Albans High School. She joined Guildford High School in 2003 and has held various positions over this time including a Year
2, 5 and 6 form teacher, Head of English and Director of Studies. Sheina has also successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Guildford High School is part of the United Learning Group and was awarded National Teaching School status in 2013. Since then, Sheina has been deeply involved in the school’s NTS programme where it has taken a lead position within United Learning’s Teaching Schools Alliance delivered to 50 schools in the group. Specifically, Sheina is now the United Learning Lead for teacher training at Primary stage education and has designed the curriculum and trained around 50 trainee teachers.

As Amesbury’s next Head, Sheina is passionate about the education of children and will be a highly motived but deeply compassionate leader for the school. She states:

“In order to be at their very best, children must be happy: this must come first. The happiness and well-being of young people today is paramount. In school, the mental well being of children must always be at the forefront of our minds. Finding opportunities for all pupils to shine, achieve, and feel valued is incredibly important to me as a leader. In our educational setting, we are well placed to use extra curricular provision and a broad and balanced curriculum as a vehicle to make sure this happens. All children should be given the opportunity to pursue new interests, thrive and showcase their talents. We must know our pupils and share that confident knowledge with parents.
“Many of the jobs for today’s young people are yet to be created and so it is essential that they don’t catch us out. As educationalists we need to consider how we ensure that our curriculum is designed for the 21st century child.”

Sheina has been with her partner Adrian for 20 years, and they have a 9 year old son, Benji. Outside of work, the family enjoy travelling (most recently to Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia) and keeping active – running (with Benji as coach) and Yoga are important pursuits for her. Sheina is a sports fan and is an ‘avid’ Spurs supporter.

We look forward to welcoming Sheina into her new post in September 2018.

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