New headteacher of Diss High School, Sam Stopps, wants more town engagement by the school and thanks the community for their welcoming support
The new headteacher of Diss High School said he wants the school to be more active with the town and take a greater lead with events.
Sam Stopps praised his students, parents and the wider community for being so welcoming since taking up the role at the Walcot Road school in September.
The 46-year-old added: “I am conscious that our school, along with a lot of others, has maybe lost touch a bit with its communities post-pandemic and I want us to re-engage with them and change that.
“When I came in a couple of times in the summer term, staff were saying it would be great if we could do that more too – it is something that is really important to me.”
Since starting at the high school, he has attended a Nurtured Sound event at Diss Corn Hall and, in August, visited some of the businesses in the Heritage Triangle to introduce himself.
Earlier this month, the school also took part in the town’s remembrance service and wreath-laying ceremony.
Mr Stopps said: “I feel it is important to me, not being a Diss resident myself, to get to know the area, what makes the people tick around here and what is important here for our students, our families and our staff.
“I have met so many people who have links to the school, so I really want the town to be proud of us and I want us to be proud of the town.”
This is first headteacher job for Mr Stopps, having been a deputy at Birchwood High School in Hertfordshire.
Asked the school, he said: “It is like any school in the country, it has got its challenges, there are things that are going well here and there are things that we are working on, but I have found the staff and students have been really receptive.
“Our new tagline is ‘Work hard, be kind’ and we have had talks into what that it means to work hard and how you pick yourself up from mistakes, as they are all part of the process.
“The be kind part is, with the likes of social media these days, that the world is sometimes a confusing place for young people so we have to think of others as well as ourselves.”