The Duke of Bedford School has a new head teacher – Mrs Cathy Bailey.
Cathy took over at the start of the year, replacing Jackii Crockett who has moved on to St Botolph’s Primary School in Orton Longueville.
This is her first appointment as a head teacher, but she had previously been acting head teacher for two years at Sawtry Junior School.
Cathy was born in Cambridgeshire, but her parents moved to France when she was quite young, so she grew up a fluent French speaker. She returned to the UK to study and decided to go into teaching after graduating.
Cathy is the mother of two sons and lives in Bretton. She spoke to the Thorney Post after a few weeks in her new role:
Q: How are you finding life at the Duke of Bedford School?
A: I am hugely enjoying it! The children and staff have all been very welcoming and I am gradually meeting more and more of our parents who have been very friendly too.
Q: What do you like best about the school?
A: I love the building, with the huge windows in the classrooms and hall, but most of all I love the atmosphere in school which is purposeful and buzzing.
Q: Did you know Thorney before applying for the job as head teacher and what were your first impressions of the village?
A: I used to drive through Thorney when on my way back from the seaside. I always admired the cottages along the main road which are very attractive.
Q: Do you miss France? How often do you go back?
A: I do miss France and my family who still live there. I try to take my boys over there or they visit us here most years.
Q: What made you want to be a teacher? Would you recommend the profession to a young graduate?
A: Teaching is hard work and you have to be committed to it, but in my opinion there is no other job I would rather do.
Q: How do you unwind at the end of a busy week? What are your interests outside school?
A: I generally like to spend time with my family and friends, either going out for a nice meal or staying in and relaxing.
Q: If you were given a £10,000 gift for the school, what would you spend it on?
A: When I’ve been here a little longer I might have different ideas. For now, I think it might be useful to have a roof over the fantastic swimming pool we have, for those rainy summer days!
Q: What would you take as your Desert Island Disc?
A: These days we can compile our own playlists but I suppose that’s not allowed! I don’t think I’d survive for long without Daft Punk.