Welcome to Percy Main Primary School

John  Walsh Head Teacher

I have had the privilege and pleasure of being headteacher at Percy Main Primary School since September 2007. I can say without any hesitation that it is the most fulfilling, challenging and happiest time of my career in education.

I am extremely fortunate to work with people who are totally committed to making our children have high, realistic and achievable aspirations.

Our Leadership Team was formed in 2007 and we were all ‘new’ to the role at that time. My belief in distributive leadership has helped us grow into an extremely strong, supportive and effective team.
I strongly encourage all staff to view themselves as potential and actual ‘leaders’ and as a result many staff are making significant progress in their careers and professional development.

Percy Main belongs to a collaboration of 15 local schools who work together on such areas as: curriculum innovation, narrowing the gap activities, multi agency work and more recently formulating packages of school to school support.

As a Local Leader of Education (LLE) I provide support to other schools and I am also a Professional Partner to 3 headteachers within our authority.

I firmly believe that this ‘collaborative’ approach to school improvement and using the expertise that is within our schools is the most effective and best form of school improvement


Donna Callaghan Deputy Head Teacher

I have always had a desire to work in teaching and, after qualifying from the Institute of Education, University of London in August 2000, I became a Year Four teacher in a large 4-form entry primary school in South West London. In August 2003 I relocated to the North East and continued my teaching career at Percy Main. 

I have always had a passion for knowledge and believe that I can pass on my enthusiasm for learning to my pupils.  I believe in having very high standards in my own work and I encourage my students to do the same. I am Deputy Headteacher and I feel that I have supported our Headteacher in raising standards across our school. I am committed to professional development and regularly attend courses and workshops which I believe will benefit not only myself but also our school community.  In October 2010 I gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship and in 2016 I became a proud member of the Ofsted Inspectorate.

I have very high aspirations for our pupils and school, and believe that outdoor learning forms an integral part of the curriculum for pupils.  Over the past few years I have helped develop a more creative curriculum which incorporates the use of outdoor learning to inspire and engage all of our students. 

At home, my daughter keeps me very busy. We enjoy reading and love watching The Great British Bake Off together. When I haven’t got my head in a book, my passion is watching AFC Wimbledon and Formula One racing. 

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