New headteacher backs three tiers

Gilbert Inglefield Academy headteacher Rachel Swaffield

Gilbert Inglefield Academy headteacher Rachel Swaffield

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The new headteacher at Gilbert Inglefield Academy has revealed she is a firm believer in the three-tier school system operating in Leighton Buzzard.

After six weeks in the job, Rachel Swaffield says she is enjoying being part of the Leighton Buzzard community following many years as headteacher of Berkhamsted a middle school.

Having spent a year back in a secondary school following the re-organisation of Berkhamsted’s schools, she says she is thrilled to be back in a middle school.

She said: “ I have always believed that the three-tier system works best in terms of child development. It allows children to progress through their schooling in gradual steps rather than one huge leap from primary to secondary.

“Gilbert Inglefield is a great example of why middle schools work so well. It is small enough to get to know every child but large enough to offer lots of specialist teaching and facilities and loads of extra-curricular opportunities. I am delighted to be here!”