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Welcome from Cathy Farthing,

Head Teacher

Welcome to Staplehurst School Website!  

We are a large community school nestled between Maidstone and Cranbrook, in a rural area of Kent. Our buildings consist mainly of those built in the 1970s but our origins go back many years and we are now approaching our 140th birthday!

My name is Cathy Farthing and I have had the enormous privilege of being Headteacher of Staplehurst School since January 2013.  I consider myself extremely fortunate to be responsible for such a wonderful school where the children are an absolute joy to work with and who are supported by caring, committed professionals.  The staff and governors are presently focused on school improvement, we are keen to develop each child’s potential and at the same time provide a safe, nurturing environment.  The children, in return, are a creative force, presenting stimulating challenges for the staff that experience wonder and excitement at each milestone of their development.  We must remember children always come first, they are our future!

I was born and educated in South Yorkshire and trained as a teacher in Lincoln during the 1970s.  My first teaching post was in Tunbridge Wells and I vividly remember stepping off the train during a balmy, July evening and walking up the tree-lined hill into the town centre; I think it was at this point I knew I would never leave the South East of England and I have lived and taught here ever since.

My vast experience lies within primary education, I have taught in many schools gaining valuable experience, in a variety of contexts, until becoming a Headteacher.  The educational landscape has changed greatly from when I was first trained and the responsibilities are far reaching, never-the-less, I am now in my twentieth year of Headship and still feel excited when I drive to school each morning.

I am in no doubt, being appointed as Headteacher of Staplehurst School is a significant contributory factor in this feeling of well-being.  Staplehurst is a strong community which radiates warmth.  I never cease to be impressed by the community support from parents, local residents and organisations alike, that clearly have strong affection for the school.  We are very fortunate in the fact that local Ministers visit regularly to lead assemblies and parents involve us in supporting local charities, all of which enhances the children’s spiritual and moral development and provides them with a rich internal resource to draw upon.  This strong community feel and a sense of pride, is reflected in the behaviour of the children and the atmosphere within school, respect and consideration for children and adults is evident and at the heart of all we do.

If you would like to arrange a visit we would be delighted to show you!


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