Mr Gilmour writes…
I first met Mrs Paine in 2012 when she applied to become Assistant Headteacher at Brunel. Almost immediately, I was struck by her energy and passion for teaching and her breadth of experience from different posts at her previous schools. Offering her the job was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. Autumn Term 2012 came and Mrs Paine joined the Year 6 team quickly establishing herself as an outstanding teacher with the education and welfare of her class at the heart of everything she did. She brought a breath of fresh air to my senior management team challenging us to look again at what we were doing in terms of school improvement.
In January 2013, my deputy was asked to work at another school and I needed to find a replacement. Mrs Paine stepped up to the mark with enthusiasm and commitment, managing the almost impossible task of being classteacher in the morning and deputy headteacher in the afternoon. I was eventually able to appoint Mrs Paine as the permanent deputy headteacher in January 2014.
Ever since she joined us, Mrs Paine’s impact on the school has been transformational. She has completely reinvented how we track data setting up pupil progress meetings with teachers; she introduced a new system called “Blue Sky” to let us put all our quality assurance work online; she has overseen the introduction of the new national curriculum and assessment without levels. There is hardly ever a day that goes by without Mrs Paine speaking to a parent, working with a teacher or helping a group of children. Were that not enough, Mrs Paine has been a loyal deputy and a trusted friend to me: without her I would not be the headteacher I am today.
Mrs Paine’s talents were recognised by our academy trust when they asked her to work with another school in the trust for two days a week in the Autumn term and to oversee the introduction of “Blue Sky” to all Trust primary schools. And now, yet again, they have recognised her talents once more by asking her to work in another school in Portsmouth.
This means that our wonderful, amazing, talented and brilliant Mrs Paine will be leaving Brunel at the end of June to start the next chapter of her career – as headteacher of her own school.
We are so very proud of her, we will miss her terribly and we wish her the very best of luck!