A former headteacher and one-time King William’s College student has been appointed as the new Head of Nursery for The Buchan School.
Caroline Kipps Reid, who hails from South Africa originally, will run the new Buchan Nursery when it opens on 1st September and will also be responsible for the School’s extensive extra-curricular programme, including the new Buchan Rangers Outdoor Learning provision.
During her career in education, she has taught children from aged 2-18, as well as corporate training. She says she is happiest in the Early Years sector so the chance to set up and run the new Buchan Nursery is really her dream job. Caroline was the headteacher at a prestigious kindergarten in Knightsbridge in London before returning to the Island last year with her two small children.
Caroline completed a degree in Education and Psychology before going on to complete postgraduate training in Early Years as well as children’s therapy. A former pupil of King William’s College, she and her husband made the decision to come back to the Island with their company promoting mental health and wellbeing.
From September, The Buchan School will operate its own in-house nursery provision alongside its extra-curricular programme which is designed to educate young people in a nurturing and inviting environment, while providing more convenience for the working parent.
‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team and playing my part in ensuring the Buchan’s educational enrichment continues to thrive at all levels,’ explained Caroline. ‘The school already has a clear wraparound care strategy which provides a personalised education, including breakfast and after-school clubs and holiday clubs. There is an increasing focus on outdoor education and all nursery and Buchan School children will have access to the Buchan Rangers outdoor Learning programmes over the coming year.
‘The Buchan has always supported pupils with a strong focus upon academics, art, music, drama and a range of sports. Incorporating the nursery into the Buchan School, the nursery children will benefit from that integrated curriculum and inclusive approach. I am thrilled our children will be able to utilise the fantastic resources at the Buchan whilst having the added comfort and security of our own smaller purpose-built nursery building. I am really looking forward to getting started.’
Head Janet Billingsley-Evans added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Caroline to further strengthen our talented and professional team. As a former OKW it is clear she has a passion and drive to ensure the nursery school succeeds and that the children are the focus of everything we do. We wish her every success in her new challenge.’
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