Former pupil becomes head teacher of her old Welwyn Garden City primary school

PUBLISHED: 08:01 14 October 2012

Head Gill Seymour, here as a pupil at Commonswood school.

Head Gill Seymour, here as a pupil at Commonswood school.


AS a pupil, Gill Seymour got to know her WGC primary school like the back of her hand.

And now she has the chance to leave her mark on its future, after being appointed headteacher.

Gill Seymour, took over as head teacher last week at Commonswood School after taking over from former head Mr Ricci Achillini.

Mrs Seymour, 51, was a pupil along with her siblings at the school from the late 60s to the early 70s, and rejoined the school four years ago as deputy head teacher.

She said: “It was great to return to Commonswood as the deputy although the school has changed a great deal since I was a pupil.”

In her role as head Mrs Seymour will be in charge of 450 pupils and is looking to include parents in her school as much as possible.

The life-long Welwyn Garden City resident said: “I am actively seeking parent’s opinions and I really want parents to know what is going on at school, so we tell then about what we do in class, how we teach the children phonics so they can help them practice at home.”

Julia Williamson, Chair of the school’s Governors, said: “Mrs Seymour is proof that if you aim high and work hard then you can achieve anything.”

The school is currently undergoing a name change from Commonswood School to Commonswood Primary and Nursery School in order to promote their primary school, which the Governors are keen to promote the school and nursery which they believe to be outstanding.

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