New 2019 Head Teacher's Welcome

Our New Head Teacher for September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It gives me great pleasure to write this letter to you. I feel very privileged to have been appointed by the governors as the new Head Teacher of Dinnington First School and to be entrusted with the job of leading such a fantastic school. I understand that a new Head Teacher is a big change for a school and community and I wanted to have this opportunity to briefly introduce myself and express my excitement for the years ahead.

My name is Caroline Ash, I am local to the North-East having lived in a small village in North Yorkshire prior to moving to Northumberland. I have been working as a teacher in Newcastle and Northumberland for over 20 years and have held several senior leadership roles. Currently, I am the Deputy Head Teacher at Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth where I have spent a very happy and successful 4 years.

I live locally with my husband, three children (aged 13, 16 & 18) and two dogs. Amongst other things, I love gardening, spending time outdoors, reading and listening to music.

My philosophy for education has always been based on my passionate belief that every child can achieve their full potential in a supportive school that celebrates their achievements, provides the right level of challenge and is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of education. It is important to me that school is a happy and safe environment that guides children in becoming confident, lifelong learners with self-belief and an abiding respect for others. I will further outline my vision and ideas for the future of the school in due course.


I value honesty, kindness and hard work and will lead by example to create a culture of high expectations of attainment, progress and behaviour through a vibrant and exciting curriculum. I will strive to ensure that your children continue to develop a love of learning and are keen to come to school.


Yours Faithfully


Caroline Ash