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Nicky and Simon Hey - Greenacres Primary School

Nicky has worked in Shropshire for over 30 years. She was appointed to the role of Deputy Head at Greenacres Primary School in September 1993 and was appointed full time Headteacher in 1999, and has been job sharing this role since 2002. Initially sharing the post with three different Headteachers, for the past 11 years her job share partner has been her husband, this arrangement being one of only a few in the country.


From a family of teachers and growing up in Devon (but with early years in Norfolk), she qualified in Cardiff and so began her teaching career in 1982 at Penarth Church in Wales School. In the following year she taught in both Penarth Church in Wales and Fairfield CP School, Penarth, travelling between the two schools at lunchtime. She moved to Shropshire in 1984 to teach in Shifnal CP School before moving to Brindleyford First School, Telford. It was an opportunity for promotion that brought her to Greenacres Primary in Shrewsbury in 1992.


The lengthy period that she has enjoyed at Greenacres has been full of many interesting, exciting and challenging experiences - long may they continue!

Originally from Halifax in Yorkshire, Simon graduated from the University College of Wales Aberystwyth in 1988 with a BA Honours in History and Welsh History and a PGCE the following year, before moving to begin his teaching career in Telford in September 1989.


The move to Greenacres was prompted by the opportunity to work once again with the inspirational Headteacher who employed him in his first teaching post, and so began what has turned out to be a lengthy period in the school. Simon has worked though several changes of school status, from Grant Maintained to Cooperative Learning Trust and now to academy status and the Empower Trust.


Over the years Greenacres has, like all schools, never failed to provide excitement, challenges and surprises, but some are special to us. For instance, a major fire in 1996 resulted in most of the school being rebuilt, we were selected as the landing site for HM the Queen’s helicopter to deliver HRH the Princess Royal to an engagement and we have spent years planting over one thousand trees to create an enormous Forest School area on the school site.


A great believer in educational experiences away from school, Simon remains determined that the children of Greenacres will travel, with visits to Parliament, Anglesey and Llandudno being recent examples.


Having held many different roles within the school, his current position is unusual in that he is Deputy Head for three days and Headteacher for two days each week, sharing the role of Headteacher with Mrs Hey, his wife. He teaches every day and feels lucky to be able to enjoy the experiences of a classroom teacher alongside the opportunities provided by leadership posts.

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