I started my first headship in September 2006, just 18 months after I had first become a deputy. It was sooner than I had anticipated, and it was scary.
I knew that I wanted to be a headteacher – this was my ambition from my early days as a teacher – however, I was not expecting it quite so soon. And the truth was, I was not quite ready for what I was taking on.
In the first three years of the job, I think I feared my own shadow! I was confident that I could learn quickly (and boy, did I have to!), but the journey was very challenging and stretched me in ways I did not imagine possible.
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