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Welcome to Cliffe Woods

Head of School Welcome

We are delighted to welcome you to our school. There is something very special about Cliffe Woods Primary School and we are incredibly proud of our unique children, supportive parents, inspirational staff and forward-thinking Governors.

At Cliffe Woods Primary School, we expect ‘Excellence From All’, which ensures that we all work together to make Cliffe Woods Primary School a safe, happy and fun place to learn.

Karen Connolly, Head of School

About Mrs Connolly – Head of School

Karen joined Cliffe Woods Primary School as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 1998. She moved to develop her skills further in a special school in 2005, then moved back to a large, urban mainstream school as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, firstly as Year Leader, then as Assistant Headteacher and as Acting Deputy Headteacher. In 2014, Karen set up a specialist resource provision for children with autism within a mainstream primary school in Bexleyheath, before re-joining Cliffe Woods in April 2016 as Assistant Headteacher. Since then she has been appointed as Head of School.

The school has always been special to her, with her two children having attended the school. Karen is passionate about education and ensuring each and every child has the opportunity to shine and reach their potential, irrespective of any challenges along the way.

karen connolly head of school at cliffe woods primary school
tim muggridge executive headteacher at cliffe woods primary school

About Mr Muggridge – Executive Headteacher 

Tim started his teaching career at Cliffe Woods in 2000. During this time he worked in various leadership roles and lead on a range of subjects.  After ten years of working at the school, in 2010, Tim joined Chattenden Primary School as their Deputy Headteacher and soon after became the Headteacher at the school.

In 2016, the opportunity came to become the Headteacher back at Cliffe Woods, which is the position he held until becoming Executive Headteacher in 2019.

Cliffe Woods ‘feels like home’ to Tim. He has taught and worked with many families over the years and is dedicated to ensuring that all children have the very best opportunities and education that a school can provide.

About Cliffe Woods

At Cliffe Woods Primary School everything we do revolves around our key drivers: Opportunity, Diversity, Curiosity and Tenacity. Through this focus, our children explore challenges and embrace all the new challenges they meet with confidence and a positive attitude.

Our aim is for our children to be confident, caring, resilient, curious young adults with a desire to learn and achieve the best they can in all they do and be best prepared for the future.  Our children are wonderful ambassadors, so if you would like to know more about what makes our school the place that it is, please get in touch and our children we would be delighted to show you around and introduce you to everyone who makes Cliffe Woods Primary School such a special and incredible place.

We are a part of Aletheia Academies Trust. Our school promotes a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. Positive relationships with staff and effective communication with parents foster each pupil’s self-esteem. We strive to include our parents, teachers, governors and community to ensure strong liaisons with the community

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