Mr. Brian Owens
Before I was appointed Head teacher of Edwalton, I had been the Deputy of this school for six years. I worked alongside the previous head of 32 years – Mr. Steve Ball. We shared many fine times together watching Forest, the various rugby internationals – another of our passions, talking matters educational and politics and also cruising the canals with the children. Alongside the staff I have steadfastly kept to the values and ethos we shared during these times. Each Ofsted inspection has resulted in improved outcomes and stronger praise as we work hard towards becoming an Outstanding school across all dimensions.
Before I was a Deputy at Edwalton I worked and lived in Loughbrough, Leicestershire. I taught in a number of fine schools in Loughbrough and have fond, special memories of Holywell Primary, Rendell Street and Boothwood Primary. Each school had a very different social economic mix, which has given me rich experiences about real deprivation, high expectations and ethnic diversity. I graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Physical Education and English. I have gone on to study at a higher level and have been involved in research projects with various universities for studies linked to Environmental Education.
When I was younger and working in Loughborough I was fortunate to train and race with many world class famous athletes such as Sebastian Coe (Olympic and World record holder), David Moorcroft (World record holder), Omar Khalifa (African Champion), Graham Williamson and Chris McGeorge (Commonwealth Games).
We were trained by a world famous coach called George Gandy – who is still a personal friend. I was, whilst still at school and at University a top class rugby player for Waterloo R.F.C and Loughborough Colleges. At 21, I was hit by a car while sitting in the passenger seat of a stationary car - so I understand the difficulties of overcoming setbacks and the challenges faced when being told 'you can't play again'. Thanks to the close support of friends and lecturers, and after long hospital stays and 3 operations, I took up running. Athletics and cycling became my sports. The recent Olympics and especially Paralympics are an inspiration for us all. Our school should reflect those values and inspire that spirit in children.
In 2004, when our school became Nottingham Tag Rugby Champions, the celebrations nearly matched my joy at winning The World Cup in Sydney. In 2011, Edwalton had a wonderful team coached superbly by Greg Hill (parent and rugby player) and we won the local competitions, county and regional qualifiers and competed in the National Tag Rugby Finals at The Rugby School (the home of rugby) narrowly losing in a semi-final by one last minute try! Last year we were on the same fantastic journey and lost in the Midlands Final by one last second try! The team and parents were a joy to be, and share the great journey, with. Whatever the outcome, we play with respect and dignity.
The school is recognised as unique because of its farm and three acre woods, its leading international work in the environment and its shared determination to create a dynamic, high expectations, inclusive and exciting curriculum without compromising on high standards of work and behaviour. I have great passion for gardens, the outdoors and nature. I used to own 3 ½ acres of smallholding, a pre-war Massey Ferguson tractor and several acres of gardens and allotments. Gardening is close to my heart and reflected in the way school promotes gardens and gardening for children and their families.
I walk now, rather than run and love the mountains and wild places. I find it gives me space from the pressures of this special life being the head of such a unique school. As a school we strive to organise trips and residentials to various places of interest and the children love the challenges these opportunities bring. We love the outdoors!
I am very fortunate that many of my hobbies and passions can be shared at school with staff and children. The love of nations, sport, film, theatre, travel, music and literature as well as the outdoors are all passions close to my heart that I love to promote at school.
Our previous pupils are always welcome when they return to visit our school and it is heart warming to hear how well they have done whatever their choices whether it be Oxford,Cambridge or other renowned universities or indeed straight into the world of work .