Havant MP praises inspirational primary headteacher

Photo caption: Alan Mak MP with Roxanne Vines, headteacher at Mill Hill Primary School, and pupils from the school. 

A local primary school headteacher has been praised by Havant MP Alan as "truly inspirational" after driving up standards at her school following her graduation from a prestigious national school leadership programme.

Mak visited Mill Hill Primary School in Stakes, Waterlooville on Friday 20 November 2015 to congratulate headteacher Roxanne Vines, address a school assembly, and then take questions from school council members.

Vines is the only local headteacher who has graduated from the Future Leaders Trust leadership programme, a national charity that trains outstanding senior teachers become head teachers in 3 years or less. Before taking up the headship at Mill Hill Vines was an Assistant Headteahcer in London before moving to Mill Hill.

Future Leaders Trust headteachers are placed in schools where previous results have been below average in order to drive up results faster than historic trends. Mill Hill had previously been in special measures before Vines arrival due to low exam results.

Vines became Head of School at Mill Hill Primary in September 2014 and led the school to its first ever Ofsted ‘Good’ in January 2015.

Pupil progress has also seen a substantial improvement too. In July 2015, 94% of year 6 children (aged 11) reached the expected progress levels in reading, writing and maths, with 31% jumping three levels between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for reading.

Alan Mak MP said “Roxanne is a truly inspirational local headteacher who has achieved great success locally. We should all be proud that Roxanne is using the skills learnt at the Future Leaders Trust to benefit the pupils and staff at Mill Hill. I enjoyed my visit to the school and I look forward to supporting Roxanne and her school in the future

Roxanne Vines, headteacher at Mill Hill Primary School, said, "I'm enjoying my time as a new headteacher, and the Future Leaders programme has helped me develop my skills. I'm delighted our local MP Alan is supporting me and local schools, and I hope other aspiring head teachers will now step forward for leadership roles in our local area."