David Hampson is headteacher at Alder Grange School in Rawtenstall, Rossendale. He first joined the school as head of Mathematics 21 years ago and has progressed to becoming Headteacher, as of September 2012. Ofsted has rated Alder Grange senior management outstanding since he became Headteacher and was privileged to be one of the 100 successful headteachers in the North West. David is always looking for new ways of helping the school, students and staff advance.
I was at a community organisation meeting when I heard a statistic that stopped me dead in my tracks. One in three children in the UK is affected by dementia. This statement made me realise for the first time, the hidden impact of an illness we usually associate with old people. For me it meant a third of the students at my school, Alder Grange in Rawtenstall, would be touched by dementia.