Posted: 05/11/19 by Northampton High School
Chris Bailey, new Head of Northampton High’s Junior School, brings international experience back to his roots in Northamptonshire.
Taking up the reigns to lead the Nursery and Junior School, Chris said: “I am incredibly excited to be home to my Northamptonshire roots. The school has a reputation for delivering the highest academic outcomes, within a nurturing environment, and I am very proud to help move the school even further forwards in our pursuit of educational excellence.”
Chris has a real passion for teaching and learning which is infectious. His vision is “to empower others, to develop independence and to generate a culture of mutual trust, respect and responsibility”.
Graduating from Leeds University with an honours degree in Music, and then completing postgraduate training at Northampton University, Chris commenced his teaching career in Japan where he taught English at primary level. He then taught at Hall Meadow Primary School in Kettering, leaving as Deputy Head. From 2013 he worked at the British School in The Hague, latterly as Co-Head, and returned to England in summer 2019.
Of his first few weeks at the school, he expounded, “I have thoroughly loved every minute.” He continued, “It has been a fantastic first half term. I’ve loved it, and what a warm and tightly knit community I’ve joined.”
Chris is passionate about music in the curriculum and believes that a “singing school is a happy school”. He is an ardent advocate of staff development, as he believes this has the greatest impact on the delivering the best educational provision for all pupils.