Spotlight on Mrs Caroline Moore – Families Hereford and Worcs Magazine

1. First of all, could you tell me a little bit about the history of the school?

Ombersley Endowed First School was endowed by the Lloyds Foundation in 1876 which is a charitable trust that provided funding for the actual school building. The house attached to the school used to be the original Head Teacher’s house.

2. How long have you been teaching and is this your first post as Head Teacher?

Just over 23 years and this is my first Head Teacher post.  I absolutely love it. It is a wonderful school and all staff, governors and children are very welcoming.  I feel like I have been welcomed into a lovely big family.

3. What changes do you intend to make, if any, at Ombersley?

It is a good school with outstanding features so I don’t want to come in and change things straightaway. I want to spend time at first getting to know everyone and also the ways of the school and then see what changes need to be made, to see if we can make it an outstanding school.

4. Is there anything unique that you offer that other schools (State or private) do not?

We have an outstanding pre-school in the grounds in a fantastic location.  Ombersley is a beautiful rural place and this is a really lovely school with a very caring ethos.  It is like being part of a family.  Staff know children very well and they receive individual attention.  The curriculum is very creative which will give children a lifelong love of learning.

5. I understand that Ombersley feeds into Witton and Westacre Middle schools.  Are there children that go elsewhere and, if so, to which schools?

Some children go back into the Worcester system but the majority go to Witton and Westacre Middle schools after leaving Ombersley.  Some children also go onto attend independent schools.

6. I read that you have recently become one of the first schools in Worcestershire to achieve the Leading Parent Partnership Award in recognition of the value you place on parental involvement.  Could you tell me a little bit more about that please?

The previous Head achieved that for the school in recognition of strong links the school has with parents.  The parent forum  ensures parents have a voice.  We have an open door policy to discuss any concerns they have and we work in partnership with them.

7. You must be very proud of the good with outstanding features you were given in your latest Ofsted record. What do you attribute that to?

The well-being of our children is very important to us.  The staff work very hard to ensure that the pupils are safe and happy when they come to school.  The extent to which pupils feel safe, the extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles and the extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community were also recognised as outstanding features.

8. Do you have spaces available and in what years?

Spaces are available and parents can either telephone the School Office on 01905 620384 to make an individual appointment or we do have open days/afternoons throughout the year.

9. If you could change places with someone for a day, who would that be and why?

I really love this job. It is the perfect job and the perfect school for me.

Caroline also wanted to say that the staff are very hard working and dedicated to the school.

This interview was for Families Hereford and Worcester Magazine.  January 2013