It is difficult for me to believe that I have already been at Bell Baxter for seven weeks. I
was delighted to be appointed as Rector and excited at the prospect of leading a school
which is held in such high regard.
I have spent much of my first weeks introducing myself to staff and pupils as well as
getting to know the school. The commitment of so many young people to study and extra
curricular activities, combined with the professionalism of staff has impressed me hugely.
I am determined to maintain the best of Bell Baxter but to seek improvement, where
necessary, to provide the best possible education for all.
I expect a high standard of behaviour and adherence to our school dress code from pupils.
This has already been made clear at assemblies and has also been a theme of visits to
classes by senior staff. I do hope that I can expect your full support in maintaining our
I am also keen to encourage parents to play an active role in the life and work of the
school. Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education, children
do better at school.
From August, a change in legislation will see a Parent Council replace the School Board.
All parents are automatically members of a Parent Forum and will be consulted on the
formation of the Parent Council. To facilitate this, I invite you to join me at a meeting in
the school on Tuesday 26th June at 7.30pm. At this meeting I will lead discussion about the
various options for our Parent Council. These options will then be the subject of further
consultation with parents before a constitution for the Parent Council is agreed. If you
have any questions regarding this or would like to discuss it further, prior to the meeting,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
In any case, as member of the Parent Forum you will receive information about the school
and its activities. You will also be invited to take an active involvement in the school in
ways and at times which suit you. Furthermore the Parent Council will ask your opinion
on issues relating to Bell Baxter and the education it provides.
It is my firm belief, as Rector, that we must work together to ensure that your child
receives the best possible education during their time here. Let me assure you I will do
everything within my power to achieve this.
I look forward to meeting you all over the coming months.