There is a tangible feel good factor at Kedington Primary Academy, where a new head and deputy head are now in situ.
When the new term began earlier this month Karen Sheargold officially took over as the head teacher, replacing Darren Woodward following his departure for a new post with the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.
Mrs Sheargold had been deputy head since arriving at Kedington five years ago from Tudor Primary School in Sudbury, where she had worked for seven years.
Her deputy, Soo Miller, however, is a complete newcomer to both the school and the position of deputy head, having spent the past three years at Clare Primary School teaching years five and six.
Just two weeks into the new term and the two are full of enthusiasm for their new responsibilities - and the chance to work together.
Mrs Sheargold said: “It’s a very special place to work in and the children are amazing.
“It’s a community school. We have close relationships with our families and other people in the community as well.
“We have a very dedicated team here who are very focused on moving the children forward.”
Mrs Miller, who was also a Key Stage Two co-ordinator at Clare primary, said of her new challenge: “It’s a great opportunity and also a chance to start at a stage when it’s a new head - and it was an opportunity to work with Karen.”
Changes are happening at the school, with a business manager having just been appointed and new website introduced, but what happens in the classroom remains the priority.
Mrs Sheargold said: “I think the priority at the moment is that we had a new curriculum come in last September so we are embedding that in the year groups, but we also want to give the children a rounded education.
“We want the children to leave as confident learners and equipped with life skills.
“We are a very new team but with that we’ve got a lot of new energy and we have got fresh ideas and we all come with different ideas too.”