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Primary school starts new chapter with headteacher who could be youngest in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 30 April 2018

Imran Khan, the new headteacher at Buxton Primary School. Picture: Neil Perry

Imran Khan, the new headteacher at Buxton Primary School. Picture: Neil Perry

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A village primary school has embarked on a new chapter with a new headteacher, one of the youngest school leaders in the county.

Buxton Primary School waved farewell to former head Deborah Leahy earlier this year after nine years, a journey which saw her take the school from inadequate to outstanding.

And the school has welcomed new headteacher Imran Khan, who took over the reins after the Easter break.

At 27, Mr Khan, who has been teaching in Norfolk since 2012 and has held on leadership roles at schools including Heartsease Primary Academy, said he could be the youngest headteacher in Norfolk - but that age was just a number.

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“I am quite aware of people looking at me and thinking ‘oh he is the headteacher’... But I think to be honest it’s what you do and the impression you make with the children, the parents, the staff and how you take the school forward,” he said.

“What’s most important is you have the right skills and the vision and the qualities to lead the school.”

He said, having fallen “in love” with the school on a first visit, applying for the role at Buxton was an easy decision.

“It was the first school I looked around and I wasn’t expecting to fall in love, I came in very level headed saying this is the first school I’m looking at, it’s my first headship,” he said, “but just meeting children and staff, I had this feeling I couldn’t explain that I wanted to come to Buxton.”

He said there was a very “warm” feeling to the school, and that he felt welcomed from the start.

The school was rated outstanding at the end of last year, which Mr Khan said brought challenges and opportunities.

“It isn’t as easy as it might seem because you have to take the school further and keep it outstanding,” he said. “There’s lots of exciting things I have planned in the pipeline.

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“Just making sure that we carry on doing all the great things we do, taking risks and doing things that are a little more out there and leading the way with other schools.”

He said, over the last few weeks, he’d taught in every class and done his best to meet as many parents as possible, with events planned to give the community the chance to say hello.

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