Sense of community is strong at St Martin’s

PUBLISHED: 13:37 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:37 26 September 2013

The headteacher of St Martin's C of E Primary School, Tania Beard, looks forward to the year ahead.

The headteacher of St Martin's C of E Primary School, Tania Beard, looks forward to the year ahead.


Headteacher Tania Beard reflects on her first year in Cranbrook.

The headteacher of St Martin’s C of E Primary School has been reflecting on her first year in the new town.

Tania Beard told the Cranbrook Herald that it has been a memorable year of firsts for both pupils and staff with the school’s first Christmas nativity, summer fair and St Martin’s lantern walk.

“The first year has absolutely flown by,” says Mrs Beard. “We had the first St Martin’s lantern walk, our first Christmas, Easter and summer fair.

“We will be doing it all again.”

She added: “It has been exciting.

“We have got such a fantastic sense of team here.”

St Martin’s recently welcomed its new starters to the school.

It currently has approximately 179 children, including those at the nursery.

The opening of Cranbrook’s primary school also marked a new start for pupils from Clyst Honiton C of E Primary School, who moved to the new building and have adapted well to the changes and welcomed new arrivals.

“The children have been incredible and have been really proud of their new school.

“They have loved having new friends and being in a bigger school,” said Mrs Beard.

The growth of the school has been a gradual process explained Mrs Beard: “We have had new pupils starting all the time.”

Over the next year, St Martin’s Primary School will continue to develop its core values - ‘Being the best we can be for ourselves, each other and for God’s world’.

“The school is going to grow.

“It is about getting everybody buying into our core beliefs as we grow.

“That is a central point as the school grows outwards that everyone understands what we are about - children, teachers, parents, and continuing to grow that,” said Mrs Beard.

“Everyone feels part of the school community and that they have a part to play in it.”

She added: “There is a huge sense of community in Cranbrook.

“A lot of people are working hard to make the community a success.”

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