Farrow & Ball matching ambitions at St Michael's Middle
LOCAL company Farrow & Ball are supporting Mr Ron Jenkinson, the new headteacher at St Michael's Middle School, Colehill, in a quest of excellence.
Mr Jenkinson, who took over as headteacher recently, had previously been headteacher of two Dorset middle schools and his last school was twice found to be 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. It is this experience that led him to approach Farrow & Ball to help lift the appearance of his new school.
"Farrow & Ball are experts in their field with a reputation for outstanding quality and environmental care and this is the example we want to set our young people," he said. "By repainting parts of the school with Farrow & Ball colours we are saying that we want the best possible environment for young people to learn in so that they can achieve the best possible standards."
The St Michael's student council had met with Mr Jenkinson and told him they wanted to see the school look brighter so they are delighted with the new colours. Naomi Booker, 13, said that the brighter, clean colours even helped them learn because 'they brought a smile to our faces'. As part of the strong community ethos at the school several children and parents helped Mr Jenkinson and other staff with the repainting programme over the summer holidays.
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The new look is proving very popular with staff too. Miss Atkin the school's Deputy Head said: "We have an excellent school here and our last Ofsted spoke of how high expectations were of pupils but the building just didn't reflect that so Mr Jenkinson has given us all a lift with these beautiful and excellent colours from Farrow & Ball."
Mr Jenkinson is a Wimborne local having moved to the town with his wife in 1993. Since then his three daughters have been to local schools and, until recently actually went to St Michael's themselves. Although all three are now enjoying the challenge and learning at Queen Elizabeth School they are glad their dad is adding a splash of colour to their old school as Mr Jenkinson reveals. "It is interesting how insightful young people can be, I heard the same message from my daughters and the school council so it is great to be raising expectations just by brightening the place up."
So far the school has used the colours Theresa Green, Pale Powder, Pavilion Grey, Chappell Green and Green Blue.