Love at first sight for Preshute Primary School's new headteacher

Written by Sue Round on .

Claire the reading room forestClaire the reading room forestThe new headteacher at Preshute Primary School, Claire Graham, ‘fell in love with the school’ as soon as she walked in the door. Claire told ‘The family community feel is in the pores of the building.’

Claire was previously Head of School at Farnham Common Infant and Junior School in Buckinghamshire and before that was a lead teacher for English in West Berkshire.

Claire, a mother of two young children, enjoys the outdoors, nature, walking and reading.

The school, designated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in January 2016, gains excellent results. "But," says Claire, "it is so much more than that".   Live life, love learning’ is the school’s motto and Claire says that she and her staff, who are passionate about the children and about learning, will take the school beyond outstanding.

Claire is excited about the potential for the future, which she hopes will include a new school building. In the meantime, several new initiatives have been introduced in this academic year.

A buddy system has been established whereby Year 6 pupils mentor reception class pupils and a new assessment tool has been introduced to track pupil progress daily.

The reception class teacher captures on camera the moment a pupil achieves a learning goal and these moments can be shared with parents. Teaching staff share good practice and critically evaluate their lessons through the use of IRIS – a video recording system.

There are plans to develop the library - the pupils have already designed the new reading area as a 'reading room forest'.

A new outdoor learning environment is being developed for early years children. This will include a sensory area, new water-and-sand play and den building equipment. The Parents Association will be fundraising for both projects.

The school is situated in the centre of Manton village and fosters strong community links. Children are already painting flower boxes to be planted in the spring as part of Manton in Bloom.  

And on Friday, November 25 the school will host a community lunch at noon in Manton Village Hall.  All members of Manton community are invited and tickets - costing £5 - are available from the school office (01672 512754 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before November 17.