Introduction by Mrs Andrea Commins, Headteacher

I cannot express my joy in being the first female head teacher in the long history of this beautiful village school. The welcome I have received so far has been wonderful, and has truly made me "at home" as a leading member of the school community.

I have spent the last 17 years working within schools in North Yorkshire in various roles; and it has been my ambition for many of those that one day I would have my own school to wrap my arms around.  Well, I'm here and my arms are open wide!

It is such a pleasure getting to know the fantastic children of Appleton Roebuck School and seeing their excitement and energy for learning.  Your children are the reason why we are all here. Firstly, and in my opinion, most importantly, we will always try to ensure that your child is happy. As a parent myself, I fully understand that children’s happiness, safety and wellbeing must always be the priority.

Our super team of staff and governors at Appleton Roebuck are loyal and dedicated; we all want to do our best for your children. We want your child to be a motivated and enthusiastic learner who will be brave when learning; never afraid to try new things or to make mistakes. We want our pupils to be fully equipped for their lives ahead. To help ensure that this happens, we will continue to make our curriculum innovative and exciting and strive to promote and support quality first teaching through excellent practice within our school. The challenge and support we offer for ALL children has to be central to all we do so that no child is left behind! 

Through our school development plan, we will, together, continue to aim for the most exacting standards.  The school's strengths, particularly in sports will continue to play a most positive role in the lives of the children as we are fortunate to be bringing in the best coaches to drive this forward.  My passion for music and the performing arts has already blended in well and we are now able to offer a huge programme of music enrichment both in the curriculum and outside of it.  From choir, classical and rock instruments, ensembles of numerous kinds - orchestra, taiko drums, african drums, ukelele...  Not just that, our art and ceramics continue to shine with most gifted teachers!

As we step into this new academic year, I am filled with optimism and excitement for the year ahead.  I know that the school has already undergone a great deal of change and there is more ahead, but I feel sure that together we can aim highest!  Thank you for all your support and kindness and please do continue to come and chat to me - I'm always here to help in any way I can.

With my very best wishes.

Andrea Commins