Kelly Garrett has been appointed the new Head of School for Ebbsfleet Green Primary. She is bursting with excitement at the prospect of leading a brand-new school in a brand-new community that will grow year-by-year as the Ebbsfleet Green community grows. She says she ‘feels honoured and privileged to have been chosen to work in collaboration with Mrs. Wilkinson-Tabi, Executive Head and Maritime Academy Trust in leading the school to greatness.’
As parents across Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent today received an offer of a place at the new school, Ms Garrett was keen to share a little of her history. She said, “So here’s a little about me … I have been a teacher for twelve years now and I can honestly say that nothing has given me greater joy – I have loved every single minute of it. Building relationships, sharing challenges and success and supporting children to reach their full potential is what makes being a teacher so incredibly rewarding. An excellent education changed my life; I truly believe that outstanding schooling will not only change your child’s life, but it will also make our local community stronger, striving for the very best for all. As a parent myself, I know the challenges and pressures that are faced on a daily basis as we strive to ensure that our children are happy, healthy, safe and learning to their full potential. Through education, we have the gift of inspiring a love of learning, creativity and the courage to make positive choices to build the future.
“As Head of School, I will strive to ensure that our children are provided with the opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential. With a strong partnership between home and school, we believe that together, we can achieve this. Over the course of the next few months, I am looking forward to meeting all of you and building relationships with our local community.”
Ebbsfleet is part of the Maritime Academy Trust, an educational charity catering for over 2600 pupils aged 3-11 across eight primary schools with nurseries based in London and Kent. The Trust is headed up by Nick Osborne, CEO and National Leader in Education – a title earned for his ‘exceptional’ leadership as Executive Head Teacher of Millennium, Brooklands and Timbercroft Primary Schools, a position he held prior to founding Maritime. Ebbsfleet Green Primary will serve the rapidly growing community in the new Ebbsfleet Garden City and help meet increasing demand for school places in Dartford and Gravesham, whose population is predicted to rise to 252,000 by 2031. Beginning as a one-form entry school, it will become two-form to match Ebbsfleet’s rising population. In September 2020, the school will have Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. It has already received over 100 applications for school places for the upcoming academic year.