My Local Life… Anna Greetham – Head at Tannery Drift School
Here, for our ‘My Local Life’ column, we ask Tannery Drift Head Anna Greetham about her life in and around Royston. Anna has lived in Letchworth Garden City since 2000 when she married her husband Chris, and has been Headteacher at Tannery since 2006.
What appealed to you about working at Tannery Drift First School in Royston?
When I looked around the school I could see how much potential the outdoor space had. In the years since I have been Headteacher we have really enhanced how we use the outdoor space. Children now have access to lots of high quality play spaces, a wildlife area, allotments and tennis courts. Providing the right environment in which children can learn is what I believe helps children to thrive.
What do you most love about your work?
One of the most wonderful things about being a Headteacher is seeing children learn. When they have learnt something new and they can’t wait to show you. Those moments of joy and discovery in school are always special.
What’s your favourite local place to eat?
I enjoy going for coffee and cake and my favourite place for this is Vutie Beets. They are a delightful vegan café in Letchworth that serve the most delicious chocolate brownies!
What is the last book you read?
Endure by Alex Hutchinson. A really fascinating book about the extremes of human endurance in sport.
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
My ideal Saturday starts with a run with my running friends, followed by brunch. Saturday, for me, is then a family day. As a mum to 3 children, aged 10, 12 and 14, spending quality time together as a family is my favourite thing to do. Often the simplest of things are the best, such as all walking our dog, Rufus, over the fields.
What is your favourite film?
Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 2. I really enjoy the soundtrack and my family enjoy the Marvel movies so this is a great one for us to watch together!
What challenges had Covid-19 posed for the school community?
As a school at the heart of our community one of the greatest challenges has been the lost social contact when many children were learning from home. We know how much children missed their friends and teachers. It is brilliant now we are all back together.
Finally, what has been the most valuable life lesson you have learnt?
Attitude is everything. Every day is a new opportunity to believe in making a difference and to do your best.
Tannery Drift School, Tannery Drift, Royston SG8 5DE