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New headteacher at Cedars Park Primary School, in Stowmarket, on how growing up with English as a second language has influenced her teaching style



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The new head of a Stowmarket primary school has shared how growing up with English as a second language has influenced her own teaching style.

Aisha Suhail took the helm at Cedars Park Primary last month after a short period as interim headteacher.

Miss Suhail, who was also deputy head before taking on the headship, said a lot of her role would be about continuing the school's 'no limits to learning' ethos.

Aisha Suhail is the new headteacher at Cedars Park Primary, in Stowmarket. Pictures: Prominent PR.
Aisha Suhail is the new headteacher at Cedars Park Primary, in Stowmarket. Pictures: Prominent PR.

"It’s about looking at each individual child, it doesn’t matter about the barriers," Aisha said.

"Our job is about doing everything we can."

She added: “The key is that towards any decisions, we ask: ‘is this decision going to benefit the children, how is it going to impact the limit on their potential’."

Aisha was previously the deputy headteacher at the school.
Aisha was previously the deputy headteacher at the school.

Despite having just taken on the role at Cedars Park, Aisha said her start to life was not a simple one.

"I was born in Surrey," she said. "When I began school I didn't speak any English so my start to school was this misunderstanding of not being able to speak the language and I felt like I was given work that wasn't challenging enough."

Aisha said her experiences growing up had impacted the way she viewed her job now as a teacher.

"It doesn't matter what the barrier is, children will always have them and it's our job as professionals to overcome those and provide our best to these children because that's what they deserve," she said.

Cedars Park Primary opened in 2006.
Cedars Park Primary opened in 2006.

Aisha has taken over the school with coronavirus still a present threat, but she said so far the experience had been a positive one.

"I have really enjoyed it so far," she said.

"It felt like the natural next step for me, and I feel so proud to work in such a great team which has the interests of our children, their parents and our community at heart.

"I really want to strengthen ties between our school and the local community, and to build on everything we have achieved together so far."

Aisha said she felt having been at the school since 2015, she was in a strong position to help the school push forward.

"I'm very well-known by staff and we have a strong team, and I think there's a real trust and a faith in my ability to be able to continue the work of the school," she said.

"We are just building on that and everything because I know the journey the school has been on.

"I think I have a real strong understanding of what we have to improve."

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