Hello everyone. My name is Richard Ireland and I am the Head Teacher at Co-op Academy Beckfield. I am extremely proud to be part of our school, the community and Co-op Academies Trust.
I live in Bingley with my wife Jane and our two little girls – Isabelle (8) and Evelyn (6). My family is the most important thing in the world to me and they certainly keep me busy. Both my children have changed so much since starting school and I am pleased they have picked up two traits from me: they are always in a good mood and they love reading. The rest, fortunately, they get from their mum!
I started my teaching career after working as a Teaching Assistant for a year, where I realised how much I loved working with children. Since then I have worked in Burnley, Keighley and also Shipley – all places of glamour, I’m sure you will agree! I have huge pride in being a part of those schools and have learnt so much in that time, helping them to improve their outcomes and quality of education for the pupils.
My decision to apply for the role of Head Teacher at Beckfield was very simple. After a quick tour of Beckfield, and some brief chats with the amazing children there, I was hooked. It is a school I knew that had some tough times but more importantly, I knew it was a school with so much potential. I had the pleasure of meeting many children, staff and families – as well as several colleagues from the Co-op Academies Trust – and all showed a real desire to make our school into something special.
I share that desire and now, we are well on the way to achieving this.
I am passionate about teaching and learning and know that school can be a life-changing experience for pupils. I want every child to make excellent progress and every decision we make at Beckfield is focused on this aim. Every child should come to school and feel safe, valued and inspired by what they are doing.
We have such a wonderfully supportive community and staff at Co-op Academy Beckfield and whilst we are a small school, we are part of a huge team. The Co-op Academies Trust support our school and everyone I have met in my two terms as Head Teacher have had one thing in common – they are working so hard on getting the very best for the children at Beckfield.
Beckfield is on an exciting journey and I feel completely privileged to be Head Teacher here. If you are considering sending your child to our school, I would be happy to show you around our school and talk you through some of the wonderful things that are happening here.