PRIMARY school children have finally been able to meet their new headteacher, two months after she began the role.

Hannah Brown joined as headteacher of Clifton Hampden Church of England Primary School in January.

Due to lockdown restrictions, Ms Brown was unable to meet the majority of her pupils.

All school children were allowed back to school last Monday on March 8.

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Ms Brown, who was previously headteacher at Little Milton school, was recruited before the January lockdown which meant the majority of children needed to learn remotely from home.

Last week Ms Brown was finally able to meet face-to-face with those children and parents.

Ms Brown said she was ‘delighted’ to be appointed, however, admitted that it wasn’t the start to her new role that she expected.

She said: “This week has been very exciting having the children back in school and meeting them for the first time.

“I am thrilled to have joined Clifton Hampden School and to have us all working together again.

“I’m grateful to the whole school community for the welcome I’ve received and I am very proud of the resilience of the children and staff who support each other to overcome challenges and achieve their best.

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“The ethos and vision of the school is very much at its and my heart and I’m looking forward for us all enjoying things that make the school so special again, such as Forest School, playing music together and collective worship in our beautiful village church.”

Forest School is a site near Wittenham Clumps that allows children to explore the outdoors.

Ms Brown added: “We are an essential and valued part of this village and the wider community with a vision that everyone will pursue their aspirations and become confident, capable, and compassionate members of society.

“Just as we support the individual children to grow and achieve, so we do the whole school too.”

The headteacher began her career teaching in a school in northwest London.

Since then she has spent over 25 years teaching and the last 11 years as a school leader, acting in both a deputy and headteacher role.