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The new head of a school who deems teaching one of the 'most important' jobs in the world says he is ‘over the moon’ after landing the role.

Joseph Santy has taken on the role at Mendlesham Community Primary, near Stowmarket, after spending 12 years teaching at another school in Norfolk.

Part of his new role will also see him teach the Year 6 ‘Chestnut’ class and work under Tessa Sait, executive head.

Joseph Santy, new head of school at Mendlesham Community Primary. All pictures: John Milton Academy Trust.
Joseph Santy, new head of school at Mendlesham Community Primary. All pictures: John Milton Academy Trust.

“I came to visit the school earlier this year and was immediately impressed from what I saw," Mr Santy said.

"I spoke to Tessa and some of the children and was blown away by how articulate they were and how positively they spoke about their school.

"Being appointed was a really proud moment for me. I was over the moon to be offered the job and to take the next step in my career.”

Mr Santy has come to Mendlesham Community Primary after spending 12 years at another school in Norfolk.
Mr Santy has come to Mendlesham Community Primary after spending 12 years at another school in Norfolk.

Mr Santy, a father-of-two, is looking to build on past successes at the school and sing the praises of his 'articulate' pupils.

He first got into teaching to inspire children to reach their full potential – which he said makes it the 'best' and 'most important' job in the world.

"I think teaching really is one of, if not the, most important job in the world," Mr Santy said.

"The power you have to support and inspire the next generation is incredible.

Mr Santy in class teaching.
Mr Santy in class teaching.

"I have always loved how no two days are the same."

The technology and football fan has so far relished the challenges of management and is looking at improving communication channels between the school and parents.

He plans to regularly post updates of his pupils’ achievements on social media and the school website.

Mendlesham Community Primary School is near Stowmarket.
Mendlesham Community Primary School is near Stowmarket.

On how the new role has been up until now, Mr Santy said: "It has been great so far. It is a challenge to move from the teaching side of things to management, but I'm really enjoying it.

“I'm glad to still be teaching and getting to know the children in my class.

“The communication between children and their parents is so important – so if there is anything we can do to help that bond by showing parents what we do here as a school, that will be such a powerful tool."

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