Bures: New head’s aim is to get his pupils out and about

Drew Quayle is the new headteacher at Bures Primary School.

Drew Quayle is the new headteacher at Bures Primary School. - Credit: Archant

One of Suffolk’s youngest headteachers is aiming to get his students to swap their computer games for the great outdoors.

Thirty-one-year-old Drew Quayle has just taken up the headship at Bures Primary School on the Suffolk/Essex border. The school, which has 215 pupils, received “outstanding” reports from Ofsted inspectors in 2007 and 2011.

Mr Quayle, who was previously deputy head at Pot Kiln Primary School in Great Cornard, told the EADT he was honoured to be given the post.

He said: “The school has a deservedly good reputation and I am keen to build on the high standard of academic excellence. But I am also very interested in sport and I am keen to build on the Olympic legacy. So to that end, I will be looking to extend the school’s own sporting provision within the curriculum and to forge links with other schools’ sports teams.”

According to Mr Quayle, who lives in Sudbury with his wife Alexandra and two young children Esme and Rupert, the improved sporting opportunities will be part of a wider move to get students “out into the fresh air”.

The school is taking part in the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re eleven and three-quarters” project, which encourages children to get outside and enjoy exercise and family time.

The trust has created a list of 50 simple activities linked to nature, ranging from picking blackberries to making a mud pie. Mr Quayle continued: “It’s about getting kids inspired to be outside as much as they can be, which is good for their health and wellbeing. It also aims to take them away from the TV and computer games, because while these things have their place, there needs to be a balance.”

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Mr Quayle said he had been given a warm welcome by the Bures community, adding: “I am keen to involve local residents in how the school’s curriculum is shaped going forward. There’s a lot that can be brought in from the wider community and we are grateful for the ongoing support.”