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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School

Head’s Welcome

Headteacher, Chiquita Henson, reviews the school standards with members of the School Council.

Meet our Head: Chiquita Henson

Welcome. As Headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School and Chief Executive of The Corinium Education Trust of which Deer Park is a founding member, I am immensely proud of everyone within and connected to our learning community. We share high expectations and an unwavering commitment to all of our pupils, their learning and life chances.

I was appointed to the post of Headteacher in 2003. However, I have a long association with the school as I was previously Deputy Head. Prior to this I was Head of English. I am committed to ensuring Cirencester Deer Park continues to develop as a strong comprehensive and leading school. I am ambitious for our pupils and staff and aim to help them all create their own futures.

I am passionate about comprehensive education: I challenge everyone within our learning community to be ‘the best we can be every day’ and to achieve more than 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 others and share best practice. This underpinned our decision to work in partnership with other local schools to form The Corinium Education Trust.

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.

As a National Leader in Education I provided support for another secondary school in Gloucestershire and contributed to successfully bringing it out of special measures. I also trained as an Additional Ofsted Inspector and contributed to two contrasting inspections. I have used these insights to strengthen the quality of education at Deer Park.

I encourage parents to contribute to the development of the school. We actively seek feedback from all members of our learning community to helps us understand our strengths, identify areas for improvement and inform planning.

Chiquita brings a highly collaborative leadership style to her role as Chief Executive of the Corinium Education Trust and Head Teacher of Cirencester Deer Park School. Collaboration is a distinctive feature of the schools within the Trust and is based upon the real value of working well together. Chiquita also leads the setting of high ambition for all of the young people within our schools. Chiquita is ambitious in stating that we want each school to be in the top 20% of all schools in the country. Such ambition is the fuel for all of our efforts.

Graham Russell, Chair of Governors