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Graduate becomes UK’s youngest headteacher at 28

Clive Lawrence

Clive Lawrence

An University of Derby graduate is situated to turn into the most youthful school headteacher in the United Kingdom – at 28 years old.

Clive Lawrence, who was brought up in the city and still lives in Derbyshire, will take up his headship at Sherbrook Primary School in Cannock, Staffordshire, on September 1.

In the wake of attaining a Master of Arts (MA) in Education: Special Needs at the University in 2011, Clive’s can-do mentality has seen him climb through the showing positions greatly rapidly.

He said: “It doesn’t appear to be genuine yet, yet I’m truly anticipating the energizing test ahead. I feel to a great degree glad to have arrived at my objective so soon in life and my family and companions are as well.

“I’ve generally been aspiring and determined from an exceptionally youthful age. Since qualifying as an educator I’ve needed to be a pioneer as right on time as could be expected under the circumstances so I got included however much as could be expected with the more extensive parts of school life. Individuals dependably say ‘you must be truly astute’, yet this is just not the situation.

“I’ve buckled down, put in numerous hours and exploited a scope of expert advancement opportunities in which to improve my practice. I likewise have an exceptionally steady mother and accomplice.”

Clive, who as of now works at Birch Wood School in Melton Mowbray, found he would be the most youthful headteacher in the nation amid an instructional class at the National College of School Leadership.

Presently, he needs to make a genuine impression in his new position. He said: “In the short term, I need to do the best that I can in my first headship. I’m anticipating working nearly with the governors, staff, folks and youngsters to keep on improing conclusions for kids.

“The school I’m heading has simply had an Ofsted examination and got a “decent” appraising from the examiners. My point now is to get the school to “extraordinary” in the following three years. My long haul future is still a smudge at the moment, however perhaps one day I’d like to work in an a bulletin part to schools requiring backing or possibly turn into a schools auditor.”

Clive is brimming with applause for the University of Derby scholarly staff, who have impacted his vocation to date.

He said: “When I concentrated on the Masters, I picked the pro pathway in exceptional instructive needs (SEN). I developed a great affinity with huge numbers of the guides, especially Dr Michael Flay who headed the majority of the SEN modules that I chose.

“He has an abundance of experience inside the field of SEN and I had the highest admiration for him. I completely delighted in his sessions and left motivated by what he imparted to us about his time in extraordinary needs schools.”

Lynn Senior, Head of the School of Education at the University of Derby, said: “The University is truly pleased with Clive’s accomplishment.

“It is a demonstration of the diligent work, drive and energy that he has put into his vocation desire. I am certain he will be a superb headteacher and minister for instruction and youngsters’ learningA University of Derby graduate is set to become the youngest school headteacher in the United Kingdom – at the age of 28.

Clive Lawrence, who was born and raised in the city and still lives in Derbyshire, will take up his headship at Sherbrook Primary School in Cannock, Staffordshire, on September 1.

After achieving a Master of Arts (MA) in Education: Special Needs at the University in 2011, Clive’s can-do attitude has seen him move up through the teaching ranks extremely quickly.

He said: “It doesn’t seem real yet, but I’m really looking forward to the exciting challenge ahead. I feel extremely proud to have reached my goal so soon in life and my family and friends are too.

“I’ve always been ambitious and driven from a very young age. Since qualifying as a teacher I’ve wanted to be a leader as early as possible so I got involved as much as possible with the wider aspects of school life. People always say ‘you must be really clever’, but this is simply not the case.

“I’ve worked hard, put in many hours and taken advantage of a range of professional development opportunities in which to enhance my own practice. I also have a very supportive mother and partner.”

Clive, who currently works at Birch Wood School in Melton Mowbray, discovered he would be the youngest headteacher in the country during a training course at the National College of School Leadership.

Now, he wants to make a real impression in his new position. He said: “In the short term, I want to do the best that I can in my first headship. I’m looking forward to working closely with the governors, staff, parents and children to continue to improve outcomes for children.

“The school I’m leading has just had an Ofsted inspection and received a ‘good’ rating from the inspectors. My aim now is to get the school to ‘outstanding’ in the next three years. My long-term future is still a blur at the minute, but maybe one day I’d like to work in some sort of an advisory role to schools needing support or maybe even become a schools inspector.”

Clive is full of praise for the University of Derby academic staff, who have influenced his career to date.

He said: “When I studied the Masters, I chose the specialist pathway in special educational needs (SEN). I built up an excellent rapport with many of the tutors, particularly Dr Michael Flay who led all of the SEN modules that I selected.

“He has a wealth of experience within the field of SEN and I had the upmost respect for him. I thoroughly enjoyed his sessions and left inspired by what he shared with us about his time in special needs schools.”

Lynn Senior, Head of the School of Education at the University of Derby, said: “The University is really proud of Clive’s achievement.

“It is a testament to the hard work, drive and enthusiasm that he has put into his career ambitions. I am sure he will be an excellent headteacher and ambassador for education and children’s learning.”

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