Farewell to Hungerford Nursery Headteacher Suzanne Taylor MBE and welcome to her successor Chloe Summerville

Suzanne Taylor (above left) was appointed Headteacher of Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children and Families in 2008 and her career has been exceptional, bringing many accolades to the school over the years. In 2018 Suzanne was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to Early Years education.

Dr Maureen Martin Chair of Governors says “Suzanne has been a dedicated and inspirational leader of our school community for the past 16 years, ensuring that children who attend the nursery receive the highest possible quality of education and opportunities to achieve.  We wish her every success in the future and look forward to hearing of her achievements in the wider Early Years sector.”

Over the past 20 years the Nursery School has received four consecutive Outstanding’ judgements by Ofsted, the Quality Mark recognising and celebrating excellence in Early Years education and the Communication Friendly Spaces Level 4 Award.

Suzanne developed the outdoor provision at the nursery and at Boxford Woods which garnered a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Gold Mark for commitment to learning outside the classroom.

Suzanne also introduced the provision for hot dinners for all children to be cooked daily on the premises, resulting in Hungerford Nursery School becoming the first nursery school to receive the Children’s Food Trust Outstanding Award. When Hungerford Pre-School closed, Suzanne oversaw the successful inclusion of two year olds into the existing nursery.

Following Covid, she became an Area Lead in the EY Recovery Programme, and four members of staff became mentors – each supporting staff in other settings.

Suzanne’s vision and unrelenting determination to obtain finances to continue to support SEND children enables children of all abilities to thrive and progress at the nursery. She has overseen or initiated the expansion of facilities, such as the garden room for the Family Hub and, more recently, installed solar panels to reduce utility costs. She has also successful expanded nursery provision to 48 weeks per year, including Breakfast, Tea and Holiday clubs, and promoted the Family Hub to ensure its continuation and ongoing effectiveness in supporting families.

Staff development has been a key element of Suzanne’s headship.  The staff team are well trained and committed to extending their knowledge and experience, and a number have progressed to become teachers. This focus on CPD contributes to developing knowledgeable and expert practitioners across the Early Years sector.

In 2017 Suzanne was awarded the status of National Leader of Education Hungerford with the Nursery appointed as a National Support School by National College for Teaching and Leadership. They collaborated with Penn Green, Early Education and Universities to promote excellence in Early Years on a regional and national level, and support candidates for National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership.

Following on from the National Support School, Hungerford Nursery School is now part of the Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs (EYSPH) which provides advice, shares good practice, and offers evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners.

Needless to say Suzanne will be sorely missed but the school is delighted to announce that her successor will be Mrs Chloe Summerville (above right) who will take up her new post as the Headteacher of Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children and Families on 15 April 2024.  Mrs Summerville is currently the Assistant Headteacher of St Finian’s School in Cold Ash and comes with an excellent reputation.  During a rigorous selection process Mrs Summerville stood out as an exceptional candidate to all those involved, and was the clear and unanimous choice of all members of the selection panel.

Mrs Summerville has the qualities and experience to provide the strategic vision for our thriving nursery school. Her appointment will ensure that excellent outcomes for children and families will continue into the future. The Governors are confident that Mrs Summerville will be an excellent successor to Suzanne Taylor.


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