A new headteacher has this month started her role at Pawlett Primary School Academy.

Emma Barker is the new head at the school, which is led by the expanding Priory Learning Trust.

Emma has joined from St Anne’s Church Academy, also part of the Priory Learning Trust, where she taught in various different year groups.

Pawlett currently has 59 pupils, is over 200 years old, and is situated in the centre of the village with sports pitches, a forest school and an adventure playground.

Its based next door to a state-of-the-art community club with a football pitch that can be used by the children of the school.

HMI recently praised the school’s leadership, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and its work towards pupil outcomes.

Emma said: “This is a wonderful school and I am so excited to be part of this fantastic new era. Pawlett has huge potential and we intend to make it one of the best primary schools in the south west.”