Introducing Gavin King, the new Executive Head of the St Mary Federation
Pictured: Gavin King with Sedgeford Primary School students

Gavin King, a seasoned head teacher, has recently taken on the role of Executive Head at St Mary Federation, consisting of Brancaster C of E VA Primary School, Docking C of E primary School and Nursery and Sedgeford Primary School. Here, he talks to Town & Around about his ethos and vision for the schools.

“I’m really looking forward to starting at the St Mary Federation and I was attracted to the post as it’s a really interesting group of schools with a warm family feel, and with a wonderful link to the church too.”

“I have experience in education and I have been a head teacher many times, most recently I’ve worked with the local authority in London as a school improvement officer. Over the last year I’ve been working in a large multi academy trust in Norwich supporting them with their business development.”

“This year I’m really looking forward to using some of the ideas that I have learnt along the way to help make these schools really exciting places with an exciting curriculum, and places where parents really want to bring their children.”

“One of the things that we really want to do is develop a really ambitious curriculum for the school and we’re going to be looking at ways to bring the schools within the federation together by having a federation minibus and having opportunities for the children to socialise and learn together more.”

He lists that high on the list of priorities is improving IT facilities and developing Forest school experiences throughout the federation.

“One of the things that I find really important which will be part of my vision will be developing people—both children and adults—within the organisation as leaders and that will be a driving force in what we do.”

Although only officially becoming a federation in May 2015, the schools had been working together for a while. Providing education to children for over 150 years, the schools continue to thrive and Ofsted rates all three as ‘good’.

St Mary Federation state on their website: “We are highly inclusive and like to make sure that everyone can succeed in a place where they feel safe, happy and well. All of our children have their own talents and we aim to develop these to the best of their ability – we believe that anything is possible if you 'aspire and grow'.”