By Harry Mottram: Meet George Samios, the head teacher at Twerton Infants School perched as it is on the rather steep Poolemead Road in Bath.
The north gone south pedagogue (originally from Wigan) studied architecture before finding his true vocation in teaching the very young and so took a PGCE (teaching qualification) at Bath Spa University.
Married with two children, a Bath Rugby fan and with a continued interest in the built environment he worked first at Colerne as a teacher and then as deputy head in Twerton before being appointed head.
“Twerton is a great community but perhaps not typically Bath,” he said, “Families have financial pressures which have been impacted by the economic issues.”
He said the school had seen a steady number attending starting with a fresh cohort in September but like other schools in the city there has been a slight drop in numbers.
Due to Government funding failing to keep up with inflation there’s a £50,000 annual deficit which has to be bridged. There’s a reliance on funds from an annual fete and £40,000 a year from St John’s Foundation – the Bath based charity – which help funds the Special Educational Needs (SENs) staff and school meals.
Bath City FC and Bath Rugby Club visit to help with activities and certainly there is a warm atmosphere in the school when you visit which has an Ofsted Good rating.
For more about the school and register an interest in your child attending visit https://twertoninfant.school/
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