Welcome from Mrs Andrea Commins, Headteacher
I cannot express my joy in being the head teacher at this beautiful village school. I have spent more than two decades working within schools in North Yorkshire in various roles; and it was my ambition for many of those that one day I would have my own school to wrap my arms around. I have had this privilege here at Appleton Roebuck since 2015.
The last few years have seen some changes, as is inevitable when a school begins a new chapter, but I feel incredibly proud and privileged to be here as a leading member of the school community. On visiting our school, John Sentamu, as Archbishop of York at the time commented that there was a wonderful atmosphere where all children can flourish. He signed our comments book, "For all that has been, thank you. For all that shall be, YES!" So, we move forward with positivity and belief in our exciting, distinctive school.
It is such a pleasure getting to know the children as they join our 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 safe and happy. As a parent myself, I fully understand that children’s happiness, safety, and wellbeing must always be the priority.
Our skilled 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 recognise and value their uniqueness and be fully equipped for their lives ahead. To help ensure that this happens, we will continue to make our curriculum innovative, rich in knowledge and exciting and strive to promote and support quality first teaching through excellent practice and staff development within our school. The challenge and support we offer for ALL children is central to all we do so that no child is left behind!
Our pastoral care and support for children’s social and emotional mental health has been highlighted as a strength and we pride ourselves on being warm, caring, and responsive. Our commitment to well-being is firm and support is on offer to any family or individual who may need it. We work closely with external agencies to offer extended support.
Through our school development plan, we will, together, continue to aim for the most exacting standards. The school's strengths, particularly in physical activity and sports will continue to play a most positive role in the lives of the children and we are proud to maintain our Gold Award through high quality teaching and learning and the involvement in activities both locally and further afield.
My passion for music and the performing arts is shared by the school community and we are proud of our enrichment both in the curriculum and outside of it. From choir, classical and rock instruments, percussion, dance, and drama. We are also blessed with the unusual resource of a kiln in school - this is something that makes its statement from projects outdoors to more recent 3-D work inside. Our skilled art teacher delivers a curriculum which ignites passion and self-belief in our children, and we see real artists develop with a sense of freedom and self-expression.
As we step further into the school's journey, I am filled with optimism and excitement for the years ahead. I know that the school has undergone a great deal of change and now has strong and resilient roots - continuing always to grow. With such amazing pupils and our school community, 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 am always here to help in any way I can.
With my very best wishes.