Head Teacher Biography

I was born in Cumbria and then spent much of my childhood living in Staffordshire, where I went to a church school and grew up particularly enjoying science and music.

After school, I gained a degree in Chemistry at Aston University in Birmingham and then went on to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Chester College. Following that, I married my husband Simon, and moved to Oxfordshire, where I began my teaching career at a large primary school in Buckinghamshire.

Since then, I have worked in a variety of primary schools, teaching children ranging from three to twelve years from many different countries and cultures. Over the years, I have enjoyed a variety of roles including those of specialist junior science teacher, Nursery Department Leader, Deputy Head Teacher and Head Teacher.

I have always enjoyed leading musical productions involving large numbers of children, taking children on a wide range of educational visits and developing learning in the outdoor environment. Consequently, these aspects of school life are very important to us at St Herbert's.

This breadth of experience has led me to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities. I also believe that strong relationships with parents and the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life. So, I am delighted to be working together with pupils, staff, parents, governors and everyone else involved with St Herbert's School for all our children's success, achievement and welfare.

Out of school, I live near Cockermouth with my husband. Our three children are now at universities in Scotland, studying Biochemistry and Primary Teaching. We all enjoy being outdoors including fell walking, camping, gill scrambling, sailing, swimming and mountain biking. I also enjoy playing the piano and viola, particularly along with other people and I regularly play and perform with an orchestra, a string quartet and a band. As you can tell, I am not usually stuck for something to do!

I look forward to seeing you in school and working with your children at St Herbert’s.

Shelagh Hughes
(Head Teacher)