Headteacher's Resignation Statement to Parents
15 Jan 2018
I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.
I write to inform you that, after nearly 20 years as a Headteacher and 27 years working as a senior member of staff in secondary schools, I will be retiring at the end of this academic year.
Throughout my career, I have been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people, some brilliant teachers and some highly talented students and none more so than here at Ashby. It has been a privilege to lead such an amazing school and I will miss working with such a great group of staff and students.
I have always enjoyed coming to work and there is not a day goes past when I do not get to see the talents, skills and enthusiasm of our students in some way or another. It is watching young people grow and develop, achieving their potential, realising their ambitions, becoming responsible young adults and citizens that drives every teacher and it has been a great pleasure to contribute to making this happen for so many Ashby students.
We have a great deal to do over the next two terms to ensure that our current group of students achieves as well as so many that have gone before. I can assure you that we are all completely focussed on making this happen and, whilst a change of Headteacher can be unsettling, I will be focussed on ensuring that we continue to provide the high standard of education that you, as parents, would expect from us.
In recent weeks and months, the school has been in discussion with other local schools, the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner regarding the future structure of secondary education in North West Leicestershire. We have gone through a period of significant change in education in recent years and it is likely there will be further changes as we move forward.
The governors are determined to ensure that we have a period of stability as we plot our way through any potential changes and I am delighted to inform you that Geoff Staniforth, Deputy Headteacher, has been appointed to lead the school for the next two years.
Geoff is an experienced Deputy Head and has a long association with the school. He will be ably supported by a very strong leadership team and we can be confident that the school will have a successful future under his guidance.
I look forward to seeing you at the various events that will take place between now and the end of the academic year and I would like to thank you for your continued support of the school.