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Our New Headteacher

New Headteacher for Blanche Nevile School

The governing body has appointed Geraldine Santiago to become Headteacher of Blanche Nevile School from September 2017. Please read Jonathan Duff’s (Chair of Governors) letter to parents about the appointment.

Until Geraldine takes up her post in the autumn, William Dean – headteacher of our partner school, Highgate Primary – is our interim Headteacher, following the retirement of Veronica Held at Easter. William is supported by our Deputy Headteachers for Primary and Secondary, Chloe Bedford and Jeff Drew.

Message from Geraldine Santiago

As the newly appointed Headteacher for Blanche Nevile School, I am delighted to be leading such a forward thinking, inclusive school which embraces and promotes the values of bi-lingualism and inclusion.

My twenty three years teaching experience as a qualified teacher have enabled me to work with children and young people aged from 3-25, as well as adults. Some of the varied roles I have had as a teacher include: Class Teacher, ELKLAN tutor, Early Years Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator, Advisory Teacher for Learning and Behaviour Support, Inclusion Manager and Special Educational Needs Coordinator for a Junior School, Key Stage 3 Coordinator for Years 7, 8 and 9, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.

I have worked extensively in primary schools, secondary schools and most recently as a Deputy Headteacher at Shaftesbury High School; an ‘outstanding’ special educational needs and disabilities high school in the London Borough of Harrow for students aged 11-19. The students at Shaftesbury High School have hearing impairments, visual impairments, learning, emotional, behavioural, autistic, communication, medical, physical, sensory and social needs.

In November 2015 I was invited to Estonia by their Ministry of Education, together with Jackie O’Hanlon the Family Liaison Advisor at Shaftesbury High School, to talk about the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice, provision for students with SEND and parental engagement and involvement. Having completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and MA Education, I will endeavour to extend my skills, knowledge and expertise to further enhance and develop the best possible outcomes and post 16 opportunities for the children and young people of Blanche Nevile School together with the support of their families, the staff, the Governing Body and wider community.

I look forward to meeting the Blanche Nevile School community and the opportunities and challenges ahead that will enable us to prepare the pupils of Blanche Nevile School for their adulthood. As a Mum of three daughters, I appreciate the privileges of parenthood and how they are complemented by everyone we share our children’s journeys with.

Geraldine Santiago

Headteacher
B.Ed, NPQH and MA Education

 

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