Wortham headteacher job was “fate” after local holiday

Wortham, Suffolk. Julia Humphrey (right) the current head teacher at Wortham Primary School is leaving and is being replaced by Claire Flatman a teacher at the school ANL-140312-121645001
Wortham, Suffolk. Julia Humphrey (right) the current head teacher at Wortham Primary School is leaving and is being replaced by Claire Flatman a teacher at the school ANL-140312-121645001

A new headteacher, set to take the reins at Wortham Primary School in January, said it was fate she landed the role after previously holidaying in the village.

Claire Flatman, who has 16 years of teaching experience, joined the school in January, 2012, and taught years 5 and 6, as well as being subject leader in maths.

It will be her first headteacher role. She will take over from Julia Humphrey, who becomes head of Old Buckenham Primary School.

Said Claire: “Every day I passed the school, looking and thinking ‘what a lovely school’. I loved where it was, and thought how lovely it would be to work in there.

“Little did I know that ‘x’-amount of years later, my dream would come true and here I am.

“I’m really excited and the fact that it is here in Wortham is just the icing on the cake for me.

“I have already been here for three years, so I’ve already formed that relationship with the staff, parents and governors. They’re all fantastic and incredibly supportive.

“The school has been left in a brilliant position for me to come in and take over from.

“Julia has done such an amazing job.”

The outgoing headteacher said she would miss the school but felt ready for a new challenge.

Since being appointed as headteacher in April, 2010, the school had grown from 50 to 94 pupils, while Ofsted rated it ‘Outstanding’ in its latest inspection in the summer.

Julia said Old Buckenham was a larger school. “I just felt ready for the step up to something a bit bigger, to work with a bigger team of staff and more children.

“It is a community school again, so working with the local community is going to be paramount in everything we do, so I’m going to be very excited about that.

“I will really miss Wortham, it has been a great experience. The thing I know we have got here is a great staff team. Everyone works brilliantly together.

“I would like to say thanks to all the children, parents, staff and governors of the school for their support over the years.”