New head of the island’s largest primary school

David Jenkins

David Jenkins

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The headteacher of one of the island’s smallest primary schools is to take over at its largest.

David Jenkins has been appointed headteacher of Bunscoill Rhumsaa, which has 472 pupils, with effect from September 2014.

Mr Jenkins has headed Dhoon Primary School for three years.

He will replace Jacqueline Barrow, who was headteacher of Bunscoill Rhumsaa since 2009 and who is retiring this summer after 36 years in education.

Mr Jenkins graduated from Reading University in 1998 with a degree in history with qualified teacher status. He took up his first post in the London borough of Redbridge as a newly qualified teacher before moving to a second school in the area as an information and computer technology coordinator.

In 2003 he returned to his native Isle of Man to take up a post at Onchan Primary School as literacy coordinator.

He then worked at Ashley Hill Primary School, Onchan, and enjoyed a year as a member of the island’s peripatetic team.

He was appointed deputy headteacher at St John’s Primary School in February 2007 and has headed Dhoon School since January 2011.

‘I’m delighted to be joining the team at Bunscoill Rhumsaa and I’m looking forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff there over the coming months,’ he said.

‘Of course, I’ll always look back fondly at the years I have spent at Dhoon, where it has been my pleasure to have worked with such a talented, committed staff and wonderful children.’

Mr Jenkins is married to Katie and they have a four-month-old son, Griff. His interests include history, cinema, reading and football.

The headship of Dhoon School will be advertised shortly.

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