New head of junior school unveiled

Sarah Maddock is the new junior department head at Longridge Towers.
Sarah Maddock is the new junior department head at Longridge Towers.

JUNIOR school pupils at Longridge Towers waved goodbye to Shelagh Phillips, head of the junior department, at the end of term.

She was personally thanked by head teacher Tim Manning on behalf of the parents, pupils, teachers and governors for all her hard work and commitment during her seven years at the school.

Her replacement is Sarah Maddock who has many years experience in early years education, most recently in Spain where she was head of infants for The Sierra Bernia British School and helped establish its sister school Elian’s.

Sarah said: “Longridge Towers is already a fantastic school as is shown by the recent inspection report and I aim to take this very good school even further forward.

“The management team has already begun to build on this with the recent expansion of the junior department with the early years foundation stage which now welcomes children from three to five years of age.”

Sarah initially trained as a gymnastics coach and qualified as a primary teacher at Sheffield City Polytechnic. Her first post was in Lancashire, and over the next ten years she taught all primary school age groups.

Her specialisms included roles as a humanities coordinator and special needs coordinator and working with the Learning Through Landscapes charity to develop school grounds.

Mr Manning said: “We welcome Mrs Maddock to the staff and are delighted she will be here to ensure a smooth handover from Mrs Philips who is leaving after many years of service to the school. She brings a wealth experience from her school in Spain which I know will be invaluable to the other members of our senior management team. We are fully aware that different children have different needs and she will continue to help meet the needs of all the individual children to encourage them to reach their full potential.”

Longridge has also been given two awards in the Good Schools Guide. It was named best school for Girls taking Psychology at AS level at an English School and for Boys taking Business Studies & Economics at AS level at an English Independent School.