Kelly Crompton, Brighton College Bangkok’s Head of Pre-Prep School, is currently Headmistress of a primary school in Lincolnshire, UK.
Tell us a little about your background and career to date
I was born and brought up in a small village in North Lincolnshire, an area known as the Isle of Axholme, which includes Epworth – famous as the home of John Wesley. Since being at primary school myself l have always enjoyed learning and being part of a happy school community; this is something which has stayed with me throughout my life. l am committed to ensuring that all children l am privileged to share learning with are as inspired as I was at school. l have always enjoyed many different sports, both competitively and recreationally. l think sport has a large part to play in developing healthy, well rounded, successful and happy children. I began teaching at Scawby Primary and went on to become an Advanced Skills Teacher, which enabled me to combine teaching with supporting other schools. I then became a School Effectiveness Advisor for Improving School and Assessment with Hull City Council, before returning to North Lincolnshire schools as a Deputy Headteacher. I am currently Headteacher at Normanby-By-Spital Primary in Lincolnshire, combining this with supporting school improvement for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.
What attracted you to a leadership position at Brighton College?
That’s quite simple! Brighton College is a shining light for education. As well as its exceptional academic reputation, it holds so many outstanding accolades: UK Independent School of the Year, England’s Independent School of the Year and Richard Cairns, ‘England’s Headmaster of the Year’, to name but a few. Obviously this track record was extremely attractive when looking to become a leading member of the team. However, l think that equally important was the knowledge that in becoming a leader at Brighton College l have a major part in leading a dedicated team of professionals who have the happiness of every child at heart. I believe that children are most successful where they are treated as individuals and are challenged and supported to ensure success. The caring, positive and vibrant environment created by Brighton College is something which l know will be equally successful in Bangkok.
“A Brighton College education provides all children with the very best, academically and pastorally, so that they are exceptionally well-rounded individuals who have the utmost respect for themselves and the world around them.”
What have been the highlights of your time at Normanby-by-Spital Primary School?
Having been at Normanby for three years there are so many outstanding moments. However, those that stand above the others are linked to my commitment to precision teaching and learning which has ensured that all children have learning differentiated to best suit their needs – this has ensured that this year our results have been excellent. The pride on the faces of each and every child when they have achieved their next step, however large or small, is always a highlight. I pride myself on the fact that we are a happy, family school with deep roots in the community. I wanted to create a wildlife and science outdoor area for the children to enjoy and to learn in, and the whole community rallied round to donate their time and support. Local businesses also donated their time and materials resulting in a stunning outdoor learning area which the children and community are thrilled with. The children documented this journey shared with a stand at Lincolnshire Show 2015 where we were judged and awarded 3rd place – a wonderful achievement.
What, in your opinion, is a Brighton College education?
Brighton College values the whole experience of learning; through the academic curriculum, sporting opportunities and pastoral support, every child has the best grounding to succeed whatever the world may hold. Academic excellence is coupled with the development of character and a love of learning. In keeping with its foundation, the school encourages all its pupils to consider the effects of their actions on others, which is reflected in the Pre-Prep school’s motto, ‘Be Good, Be Kind, Be Honest’. A Brighton College education provides all children with the very best, academically and pastorally, so that they are exceptionally well-rounded individuals who have the utmost respect for themselves and the world around them.
What are your priorities between now and when the school opens?
I am currently working with David and the international schools team to ensure that we create an inspiring, relevant and engaging curriculum which will provide challenge and wonder for all children and where every child can excel. The assessment has also to be exceptional so that we can ensure all children make outstanding progress, that they can celebrate their successes and be involved in their next steps, and that parents know how they can best support their children at home.
I will also be working with the team to ensure that the learning environment is awe-inspiring and provides children and families with a wonderful surrounding for their learning. On arrival in Bangkok I will be working to recruit our excellent staff team for the Pre-Prep; I am committed to recruiting the best as everyone will have a very important role in inspiring, challenging and supporting all children in all aspects of their learning and development.
“I believe that children are most successful where they are treated as individuals and are challenged and supported to ensure success. The caring, positive and vibrant environment created by Brighton College is something which l know will be equally successful in Bangkok.”
What message would you like to send prospective families thinking about sending their children to Brighton College Bangkok?
You can be certain of an extremely warm welcome and l would be delighted to share the Brighton College education with all families. I will be proud to share the stunning environment for learning and the commitment we all have to inspiring academic excellence, through our exceptional curriculum, sporting opportunities, and attention to recognising and celebrating the talents, qualities and achievements of every child.