18/08/09 – Former Scotland lacrosse star takes up the leadership of Appleford School

Appleford School starts the new school year by welcoming its new head, former Scotland lacrosse star Lesley Nell.

Lesley has played international level lacrosse for Scotland and was a member of the GB training squad. She was also a member of the East of England lacrosse team.

Trained initially at Bedford College of Physical Education she is passionate about education – deciding that she wanted to enter the profession at the age of 12! After further studies at Homerton College Cambridge and University of East Anglia, she specialised in teaching in the preparatory school age range.

Her most challenging and satisfying project was to set up the Junior Department of Dover College from scratch.Lesley Nell

She comes to Appleford from Orchard Close, the junior school of Sibford School, Oxfordshire where she was also Head. 50% of her pupils had dyslexia and associated learning difficulties. It is there that Lesley developed an affinity for children with dyslexia – enjoying seeing them blossom and flourish.

“Parents of children at Orchard Close told me I had made a positive difference to their children and I wanted the opportunity to continue in this field” says Lesley.

“On visiting Appleford School I fell in love with the school and its community and was thrilled to be offered the post of Head.”

“Appleford is a small school, specialising in providing an excellent education for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties in the age range I enjoy the most.”

Lesley says: “I hope to uphold the high expectations and standards set by my predecessor Stella Wilson who led the Appleford team to achieve a double Outstanding Ofsted grade in both education and care. I admire Stella’s passion for excellence in the education of dyslexic children and will take inspiration from her.”

“My hope is to continue to make improvements to enable the children to carry on enjoying learning, developing their talents and passions, and loving coming to school. I aim to champion dyslexia as a gift, not a hindrance to achievement.” .

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