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Autumn 2010

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Barrow Voice welcomes the new Head of HPHS

In our last issue, we paid tribute to the retiring Head of HPHS, David Edwards. In this issue, we welcome Peter Nutkins who has been in post as the new Head since August 31.

Peter comes to Humphrey Perkins High School from the West Country. He was brought up in Somerset going on to Exeter University to read maths and education. Having taught in several schools in Devon over a period of 14 years, he moved with his wife (also a maths teacher) and their four children to St Dunstan's Community School in Glastonbury as Deputy Head. The schools that Peter has worked in have either been for pupils aged 11 - 16 or aged 11 - 18 and have included specialist status such as Technology, Science and Arts (like Humphrey Perkins High School).

His hobbies include photography, cooking (and then eating, of course) and motor sport (he says he's a bit of a Formula 1 and Lotus enthusiast). He spends most Saturdays with his children and the family are at Church on Sunday. At some time in the distant future he envisages travelling the world with his wife and camera.

Peter always knew he wanted to teach. His mother was a teacher and as a teenager, he was able to go into her school to get some first hand experience. He had a career-affirming experience when one of his junior pupils suddenly 'got' a maths concept. He says it was like a light bulb being switched on. After that, Peter was hooked.

During his career Peter has been much involved in strategies to raise the attainment of pupils in a truly meaningful and relevant way. He believes there is no ceiling to achievement and at HPHS he aims to establish a culture that recognises and strives for excellence at every level within the school. He says "Everyone is an individual with potential, and I will endeavour to realise that potential.

Humphrey Perkins is already a success; I look forward to leading the school to even greater heights for the benefit of the children and staff in our care."

Peter is no stranger to the community dimension of schools. He sees Humphrey Perkins not only as serving the local community but also a place where the village feels welcome and a part.

Barrow Voice wishes Peter well and we hope that he will quickly feel welcome in the community.

Judith Rodgers