Principal’s End of Term letter to parents July 2019

Principal’s End of Term letter to parents July 2019

22nd July 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

This is my final letter to you as Principal of Homewood.  As you know, I will be stepping down from the role of Principal at the end of this term and Mr Jeremy Single will be taking over from the start of the next academic year in August.

I am not saying goodbye to Homewood completely as I will be continuing as Chief Executive Officer of the Tenterden Schools Trust and as such will be working closely with Mr Single along with the Headteachers of the other schools in the Trust to make sure that the young people in all of our schools continue to thrive and flourish.  This means I will have the excuse to continue to visit the school, attend special events and in particular continue to support the students when they are showcasing their work through performances or exhibitions, as I have always done.

But it is a significant change of role and I will no longer be the person at Homewood day by day leading this fantastic school.  Mr Single is exactly the right person to take that on and he is already very much looking forward to his new role.  We are very fortunate that he has being paying us regular visits during the last term, getting to know the school and meeting staff and students in preparation for taking up the reins in August.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our parents and carers for the support you have given me and my staff team in working with your children.  We have always tried to do the best we can to provide them with an excellent education, but we could not have done that without your support, working in partnership with us.  Through the lows and highs of their adolescent years, our young people have needed us to work together to encourage and support through times of difficulty and to celebrate with them when they achieve their successes.  That has been a privilege and a responsibility I have always taken very seriously.  It has been a great pleasure to meet so many of you over the years, at different times and on different occasions and I wish you and your families the very best for the future.

In saying goodbye to staff and students this week, I have reflected on what a privilege it has been to work with them all over the last nine years.  I can honestly say these have been the most rewarding years of my career to date and I have a lot to thank Homewood for.

So as the term draws to a close, it remains only for me to wish you a very pleasant summer break and to remind you all that the students return for the new academic year on Thursday 29 August.

With very best wishes

Sally Lees

Principal, Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

CEO, Tenterden Schools Trust