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☰ Meet our new Headteacher, Mr Tucker

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Meet our new Headteacher, Mr Tucker

Posted on June 22 2015

Mr Nick Tucker will be joining us in September as the new Headteacher of Forest Park. Read a Q&A with Mr Tucker, below:

What are your memories of school as a child?
My memories of school are one of friendship and community. I had some of the best years of my life at school and was able to build relationships with many friends as well as staff at the schools I attended. I enjoyed learning new facts and skills and being able to research a range of topics. My favourite subjects were Science and Geography and learning about the world. I also enjoyed sport and was a key figure of many school sports teams - I was even captain of the school football team!

What made you decide to become a teacher?
I decided to become a teacher because I love to learn and it gives me great joy to share this passion for learning with others. I really enjoy inspiring young minds and guiding children to achieve to the best of their ability. I was fortunate to have great teachers when I was young, who inspired and motivated me to achieve. My goal is to make a lasting impression on pupils in the same way my teachers did with me.

What has been your proudest moment in teaching?
My proudest achievements in teaching occur regularly within the classroom and they are the times when children surprise themselves with their own achievements. It is the moment when something clicks with a child that I take great pride from. The moment when a new goal has been achieved or a concept has been grasped. I enjoy meeting children I have taught when they are older and seeing how they have progressed into confident young adults. Many have great careers or are reading further at University.

What attracted you to the role at Forest Park?
The attraction was the opportunity to lead a successful team at a great school. Forest Park is such a warm and friendly school and is very special. It is full of wonderful children who strive to achieve to their full potential and is supported by a community of parents who want the very best for their children. The staff are dedicated and hardworking. They set high standards for the children and ensure each and every child succeeds. I am very fortunate to become part of such a successful team and partnership that is in place at Forest Park - a team of motivated children, dedicated staff and supportive parents. The school has an impressive past history and I am looking forward to building on the solid foundations and leading Forest Park to a bright future.

What skills and experience do you bring with you to the role of Head?
I have been teaching for over 12 years in a range of settings and age groups. I have experience of both state and independent schools and understand what is required to get the best out of children in my care. I have taught in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and understand how children develop from a young age and acquire the key skills in life. A large proportion of my teaching career has been within the Trafford area and I feel I have a good understanding of the grammar school system and what is required to prepare children for their entrance examinations. I have been a Deputy Head for seven years in an independent prep school and have had great success leading a team that inspires and motivates children. Together we have achieved great results and I am excited to be able to become part of the wonderful team in place at Forest Park. I am sure that together, we can all succeed in creating an outstanding school that achieves outstanding results and produces young people who are fully prepared for the next stage of their life. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of teaching?
Outside of teaching, I enjoy working with children who are less fortunate in life. I volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation - a charity that grants magical wishes for young people with life threatening illnesses. I help raise funds for the charity and I am also involved in the wish granting process for the families involved. In my spare time I also like to keep fit and play sport. I play football on a regular basis and still dream about pulling on the colours of the great West Ham United!

Tell us a random fact about yourself
I have jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft!!

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