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Miss Wright greets pupils with an enthusiastic: 'Hello class!' – in a tone so cheery it would put many a pantomime Buttons to shame. We note the tiniest sign of dismay as she stoops to pick up school bags that have fallen from their designated racking outside the classrooms: ‘The bags are a bit of a disaster. We’ve just brought in the shelves and they’re not quite working. The kids are so busy – they just rush from one thing to the next and they don’t always put their bags back on the shelves properly.’ It looked pretty orderly to us…

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Since 2014, Katy Wright BA (early 30s). Studied English literature at Lancaster University and then did her PGCE in Bangor. Her first teaching job was at Heathfield School in West Yorkshire (the junior school to Rishworth, an independent co-ed day and boarding school). She was there for five years – arriving as an NQT and leaving as deputy head. She then moved to Arnold School as head of the juniors. The merger with King Edward and Queen Mary School in 2012-13 meant that two junior school heads came to the newly formed AKS and so, in the academic year of 2013-14, Miss Wright took a year out from the headship to take on the role of head of development for the whole school. During this year she also taught DT to...

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