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New school year and a new start for St. Budeaux Foundation CE School

School joins First Federation Trust, welcomes a new Head of School and announces it is set to become a primary and preschool.


Following a successful management partnership, St. Budeaux Foundation CE School in Plymouth formally joined First Federation Trust on 1 July 2022. The school and its trust colleagues have been busy collaborating across all areas of school life and sharing expertise through the trust’s teaching and learning networks. The trust successfully appointed a new Head of School, Natasha Brooks, ahead of the new academic year.


Natasha joins the school having already spent three years as Deputy Head of School at Bere Alston Primary Academy – another school within the First Federation Trust family.


Originally from the Southwest, Natasha has been a teacher for over 25 years, working with children from across the primary age range. For 17 of those years, she has held various roles within management teams including senior leader, Acting Assistant Headteacher and, more recently, Deputy Head. She has taught in both small schools and larger three-form entry settings, spending many years working in London before returning to the Southwest six years ago.


Natasha Brooks, Head of School at St. Budeaux said, “These are exciting times for the school and me personally. Having been appointed as Head of School, I am really looking forward to leading the staff and children through this positive new chapter. I have been impressed by the dedication of staff in creating a learning environment that can be enjoyed by all. The children are vibrant, full of character and eager to learn, which are values that I will continue to promote as we go forwards.”


As one of the oldest schools in Plymouth, St. Budeaux has served the local community for over 300 years. Currently it takes children from the age of seven but from September 2023, it will be able to serve more members of the community as it opens to children from the age of two years and onwards.


Children that are due to start school in September 2023 will be able to apply for a place at St. Budeaux when the primary school applications window opens on 15 November.


Natasha added, “An exciting transformation of classroom spaces and play areas has begun. The new early years’ area will be bright and purposeful with adjoining spaces and outside areas for children to access with their teachers. We are creating a truly lovely learning environment for our new pupils. Combine that with our plans to enhance and broaden the curriculum and St. Budeaux children will get a real head-start on their educational journey and be well prepared for the future."


As a member of First Federation Trust, teaching staff at St. Budeaux can access tailored support in key subject and focus areas, and staff will receive access to training and professional development in subject knowledge and teaching practice. The trust is ambitious for its staff and is committed to supporting colleagues in their professional development. Last academic year it invested £79,800 in staff development and partners with several education colleges and professional bodies to offer staff comprehensive professional development pathways.


Trust membership has also created huge opportunities for the school to collaborate with colleagues from across the trust family of 19 primary schools.


Natasha continued, “Like us, the trust is passionate about learning and delivering a curriculum that broadens all children’s horizons. The whole school team is excited about this next chapter in the school’s rich history and ensuring that children across all primary school ages in the St Budeaux community and surrounding area can access the best possible education."