Hello everyone. My name is Richard Ireland and I am proud to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Co-op Academy Beckfield.
I live in Bingley with my wife, Jane, and our two children – Isabelle (7) and Evelyn (5). They help make sure that life is anything but ordinary. Having two children of this age gives me such joy and it also keeps me on my toes!
I started my teaching career over 10 years ago after working as a Teaching Assistant for a year. 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.
Recently, I left my role as Deputy Head at Christ Church Academy, Shipley, where I have been for the last 4 years. The school got its first ‘Good’ grade with OFSTED in 2016, and has gone on to achieve its best ever outcomes. The school is a place where achievements are celebrated and has a real community bond.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to start at Beckfield. I have been considering moving to Headship for some time but I would only do this for a school that I knew I was right for. After a quick tour of Beckfield, and some brief chats with the amazing children there, I was hooked. I had to apply! It is a school I know has had some tough times but more importantly, I know it is a school with so much potential. I have had the pleasure of meeting many children, staff and families – as well as several colleagues from the Co-op Trust – and all show a real desire to make our school into something special.
I share that desire.
I am, at heart, a teacher – I simply love teaching and feel that a classroom should be inspirational and life-changing to all who pass through its doors. I want to build a love of learning into our children which will stay with them for the years ahead.
I look forward to working with the school community to build a school which is unique, special and a complete joy to be part of. Children’s time at primary school should be exactly like the children themselves – remarkable.