My journey started in 2011, there weren’t, and still aren’t, enough good school places in the area so I campaigned to increase that number.
When I started I never really believed that we could do this, but we have built a fantastic facility and created an amazing school.
Five years ago we had to find parents who would sign a form to say “yes” we will send our child to this imaginary school. I gave forms out to friends and mums, to nurseries and toddler groups and we, the Ashmole team were successful in our free school application.
We all had a part to play in making this dream a reality!
For the first intake of children to the school, parents had to take a huge leap of faith.
When employing Mr Tofallis, he had to take a huge leap of faith that this imagined school would materialise but yet here we are.
There was nothing but a green field to see when parents said they would send their children to our school.
But they took that leap of faith and the applications came in. We were oversubscribed then and continue to be oversubscribed every year.
That leap of faith is the essence of Ashmole, some things money can’t buy!
You cannot buy the enthusiasm, positive atmosphere and ethos that is Ashmole! It is part of everyone who has been involved in the setting up of Ashmole Primary School and now in its day to day running.
From parents to teachers, from the senior leadership team to support staff and from governors and trustees to the local community.
We have all worked our hardest to ensure the best outcomes for children – to provide that outstanding education that children deserve.
Our journey is not complete we are looking forward to the challenges that Key stage 2 will bring to us and the inevitable Ofsted inspection.
One thing I have learnt as a governor and trustee is that there are challenges around every corner and that each year brings new challenges. We will never forget that “excellence is a habit”.
To mark this special occasion we were joined by the Right Honourable Viscount Younger of Leckie who opened the brand-new building and the Right Honourable Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet.