Michele Thomas is Headteacher of Pembroke Dock Community School, which is a large community primary school with approximately 650 learners, situated in an economically disadvantaged area in Pembrokeshire. The school has a specialist Learning Resource Centre (LRC) for learners with complex needs as well as a Flying Start provision. Michele has been a headteacher for twenty years, thirteen of which have been at Pembroke Dock Community School, as her second substantive headship. Michele is an experienced Estyn peer inspector.
Pembroke Dock Community School is a network lead partner school with Yr Athrofa, University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision and was a Professional Learning Pioneer School supporting the development of the new Curriculum for Wales. Michele is on the National Talk Pedagogy steering group, is the cluster representative for the Pembrokeshire Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment steering group, is a headteacher representative for Pembrokeshire Admissions Forum, is the cluster PAPH representative and is a representative on the Pembrokeshire Budget Forum. She is also a representative on the Pembrokeshire Assessment steering group and Pembrokeshire Recruit and Retain working group, and is a mentor to new headteachers.
Pembroke Dock Community School was a finalist in the recent Professional Teaching Awards Cymru for the new category – The Betty Campbell MBE award for promoting the contributions and perspectives of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities. The school has numerous partnerships and networks locally and nationally. They also share their work extensively on Twitter @PDCSPrimary @HeadPdcs and on the school website www.pembrokedockcommunityschool.co.uk.