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Gill McGuigan


Dear Parents,

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Riverside School.

I am British. I have been a teacher for 26 years. I began my teaching career in Kazan in 1993 teaching English. I then completed my degree in French and Russian before completing my Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary Teaching.  I have also further studied for my Masters in Education and received this in 2005.

I believe strongly in child centred education. The child should be at the heart of the educational process. In addition to teaching knowledge, it is important to teach values and how these are important in life and for the learning process.

As Aristotle said ‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all’

At Riverside, our core value is of children first.  We are here to meet and respond to the needs of our learners and, along with our families, build a community of creative, curious children.

I have been a leader in 4 schools in very different contexts. I believe leadership is best done by example and I will be leading an experienced team of International and Russian educators to teach the British National Curriculum and the Russian National Programme.

I look forward to meeting all of you when we have Open Days and when our School opens its doors for the first time.

With my best wishes,

Miss Gill

Kayla Murphy


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