Meet our Head: Chiquita Henson
I was appointed Headteacher in 2003. I have a long association with the school as I was previously Deputy Head. Prior to this I was Head of English. During my leadership the school has developed significantly. I am ambitious for our pupils and their futures. I actively engage parents in the life of the school and encourage feedback from all members of our learning community to inform future developments.
I am passionate about comprehensive education and committed to improving our pupils’ learning and life chances. I have high expectations: I challenge everyone within our learning community to be ‘the best we can be every day’ and to achieve more that we all first think is possible. To make sure we can achieve our goals, I ensure Deer Park, as an outward facing school, can learn from and share best practice. I am looking forward to celebrating the school’s 50th and 25th Anniversaries as a comprehensive and 11-16 school respectively, and opening up a new chapter in our history in 2016.
After graduating from the University of Sheffield, I trained as an English Teacher at the University of Bristol and secured my first teaching post at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.
I am recognised as a National Leader in Education. I provided support for another school in Gloucestershire in 2013-14 and contributed to successfully bringing it out of special measures. I trained as an Additional Ofsted Inspector for Tribal in 2013-14 and contributed to two contrasting inspections. I have used this insight to strengthen the quality of teaching, learning and assessment at Deer Park.
All excellent organisations thrive through strong leadership and Chiquita Henson brings this strength along with other members of the school's Strategic Leadership Team. She is a very experienced and well regarded headteacher. She is committed to promoting teaching and developing the profession. She is Chair of GASH Ltd, the training arm of The Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers, and the local SCITT, The Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership, which was judged outstanding by Ofsted in November 2015.
Graham Russell, Chair of Governors