In conversation with Ruth Seagar, Headteacher of Priory Rise School, Milton Keynes

Priory Rise School

In conversation with Ruth Seagar, Headteacher of Priory Rise School, Milton Keynes

We recently caught up with Ruth Seagar, Headteacher of Priory Rise School in Milton Keynes. The Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ primary school is located in Tattenhoe Park – close to our first development in this sought-after town.

Over the last few months, we’ve been working with the students from Priory Rise School to design the hoarding for our new scheme at Tattenhoe Park. The 350 pieces of colourful and imaginative artwork have been arranged around the Priory Rise School logo and positioned directly opposite the school to show our appreciation for the children’s hard work and enthusiasm.

Here, we find out more about what Ruth loves most about living in Milton Keynes, and what makes it a great place to live.

How long have you lived in Milton Keynes?

“I have lived here now for almost 29 years – I moved here from Nottingham, as my husband was already working in Milton Keynes, and I absolutely love living here.’

“We brought our children up in Milton Keynes and with its excellent schools, expansive green spaces and range of amenities and facilities on the doorstep, it is a great place to settle down for growing families.”

What role does Priory Rise School play within the local community?

“I’d say that Priory Rise School is at the heart of the Tattenhoe Park community here. I’ve been at the school since it opened almost 14 years ago, and before any of the houses were built. We’ve been able to create an environment which encourages the parents and children to connect and come together, as well as provide a happy place for children to learn and grow.”

What do you like about the area?

“Tattenhoe Valley Park is particularly beautiful, but Milton Keynes as a whole is fantastic. There are lots of green spaces nearby and so many nearby leisure facilities. I personally enjoy cycling through the different areas of the town, especially as there are the dedicated cycling routes. There are some beautiful old parts to discover, such as Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford and Bletchley, which all have some great local pubs to meet with friends and family. There’s also Redway System Canal, which is a wonderful scenic route to explore at the weekends.”

What do you think drives people to the area?

“Milton Keynes really caters for a wide range of people. There are a lot of opportunities for young professionals as a number of headquarters are locating themselves in the area. The transport connections here are also brilliant - you can be in London in half an hour by train, plus there are fast links to Birmingham. Even Liverpool is only an hour and a half away!

“It’s also a great place for growing families – you’re surrounded by countryside but also benefit from Milton Keynes’ very bustling city centre, with a number of restaurants, bars and a theatre to choose from.”