Rachel Heffer leaves Kea School after 16 years to become head of Perran-ar-Worthal
A NEW headteacher has vowed to raise the profile of a village school.
Rachel Heffer has taken over the top job at Perran-ar-Worthal Community Primary School after more than 16 years as deputy head at Kea School.
Mrs Heffer, a harpist and singer in her spare time, believes her new school has the potential to thrive and could increase numbers in the future.
She said: “I’ve always aspired to be a headteacher, it was the right time for me to start applying and I was very lucky that such a lovely school was looking for a new headteacher.
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“I would not want to change the feeling of the school but you want to make it the best school it can be and it has huge potential to thrive.
“I want to get it better known for being the great school it is.”
Mrs Heffer will be looking to include the school in more community events in the area.
She plays regularly with the folk and country trio Grapefruit Moon and wants to use music to reach out to involve the community with the school.
She said: “We had an adult choir at Kea made up of staff, parents and grandparents and I would like to see a similar thing happen here.
“The instrument tuition is very strong here already and I would like to try and increase numbers of children who want to be part of that.”
The school, originally founded in 1878, now has 118 pupils but that number could increase under the new head.
Mrs Heffer said: “An ambition would be to see the school grow in size. There is capacity for us to grow.”
Any prospective parents interested in visiting the school can arrange a visit by calling 01872 863004.