May I take this last opportunity to thank the whole of the Marden High School Community for supporting me in the privilege of leading this amazing school.
Together, we’ve certainly packed in a great deal of activity over the past four years and we’ve seen a lot of changes. I’ve tried to place an unrelenting emphasis on our core purpose of teaching and learning and it has been thrilling to work alongside a great staff team in providing exciting learning opportunities for our students.
There are countless individuals to thank, but I must mention my deputy, Daniel Jamieson. He has been a crucial factor in the development of Marden and richly deserves his appointment as headteacher of Burnside Community Business College.
However, I am confident that Daniel and I are leaving Marden in more than capable hands.
The governing body has been transformed by our new chair, Anne Welsh, and I know that she will give unstinting and expert support to whoever succeeds me. The inspirational Alison Jackson is poised to take over as acting headteacher until the governors’ quest to find my replacement is complete and she will be ably assisted by Joan Bloomfield as acting deputy.
I am leaving to undertake a new challenge as executive principal of Thorp Academy in Gateshead. It’s a great opportunity for me to start another journey of school improvement before I finally bow out of education.
Obviously, my leaving is tinged with some regret, exacerbated by seeing the diggers arriving to start our new building! Indeed, gaining the funding for a new school might well prove to be the most significant aspect of my tenure. It surely guarantees the future of Marden for another 50 to 100 years. And let’s hope that that future includes a thriving sixth form.
Many thanks for all of the good will messages I have received. I wish Marden well.
And don’t forget to Carpe Diem!