Board of Education
Promoting Christian distinctiveness through excellent education in the Diocese of Rochester

Vanessa Dunnet

I retired as headteacher of Leybourne Ss Peter & Paul CE (VA) Primary School, after 11 years in post, initially as Deputy Head, followed by a spell as Acting Head in 2002, and appointment as substantive headteacher in 2004.

Throughout my teaching career, I worked in a wide range of schools, including large, multicultural, urban schools, a tiny 2 class village primary school, and three church primary schools, as well as 10 years’ teaching in secondary schools.

As a head, I worked widely beyond my own school, offering coaching and mentoring to other heads, as well as developing strong collaborative partnerships with a number of other schools.

Leybourne is a 1 form entry Voluntary Aided Primary School. Levels of FSM and EAL are low and SEN generally below average. Strong links to the church and local community support the school ethos. Standards are high and quality of teaching of a consistently high standard. A real strength is the school’s international link with a Primary School in Malawi, which has enriched learning opportunities for all members of the school community, through reciprocal staff visits and ongoing curriculum links.

For several years I have served on the Steering Groups of both the Kent Primary Primary Heads’ Executive and the local Primary Heads’ Consortium. I have also been involved with mentoring newly appointed Church School heads for several years. I trained with the National College to be a Professional Partner for newly appointed heads and feel privileged to have worked in this capacity. I thoroughly enjoy working with headteacher colleagues and have gained immeasurably as a result.