Change of Leadership for 2020/2021
I am under no illusions that the past few months have been a very difficult time for the whole country and our local community in which we serve. We are aware that it is not just children that feel the isolation, increased anxiety and the desire for life to return to some sort of normality. We know these feelings can lead to increased family pressures and demands. We are here for all our community if you need us, and will continue to be here, whilst we navigate through this road map to some sort of normal life. Please contact us if we can help in any way, as we have access to many third-party support agencies who may be able to offer support in various circumstances. The academy is currently closed to visitors (except in emergencies), but reception is staffed daily and can be contacted via telephone or email. We can then make the necessary arrangements, depending on what support is required. This can include a socially distanced face to face meeting, which will be held outside, weather permitting.
I am writing to you today to inform you of some changes to the academy leadership from September 2020. Daniel Smith, Kate Magliocco and Pavan Chandhoke will be leaving the academy at the end of August to take up well deserved promotions in other organisations. I would like to take this opportunity to put on record my sincere thanks to all of them for their determined leadership, drive and ambition over the last 3 years at Harris Garrard. The academy would not be where it is today without this type of leadership.
Harris Garrard has made tremendous progress over the last 3 years under their leadership, with students achieving their best ever results across all phases. The academy has also been transformed from an undersubscribed school to one that is welcoming 240 new Year 7 students in September and has a lengthy waiting list across all phases. This will be the largest year group the academy has ever taken. When we took over the school in September 2017, we only had 60 students in Year 7, this year group has now grown to 120 since we opened through mid-year admissions.
I am sure that you will join me in wishing Daniel Smith, Kate Magliocco and Pavan Chandhoke all the best in their future careers.
One of the many advantages of being part of a successful, large Multi Academy Trust, is the access to talented leaders within the federation. The Harris Federation operates a number of succession planning programmes to ensure that we continue to develop and grow outstanding future leaders within the trust, who have aligned values to what this academy believes in.
Everything we do in this academy is aimed at increasing a child’s life chance to lead a successful, fulfilled and happy life, whatever career path they take. I often say to students, ‘I don’t mind what career you choose, just be the best you can be at it, and remember you could be working for 50 years’!
This vision materialises in students being able to develop the master key that enables them to unlock any future door, without restriction or limitation. Along with this master key, we are passionate about developing resilience, cultural capital and an informed understanding of diversity in all students, so they can effectively engage with a challenging and complex society, that will bring many ups and downs in a lifetime.
I am therefore delighted to announce that we have appointed internally from within the Harris Federation, Steve West and Francesca Perry. Steve will become the Head of Academy from September and Francesca will oversee the primary phase as an Executive Principal, along with overseeing her existing school. Steve and Francesca have been in Harris for a number of years and will be taking Harris Garrard to the next phase of its journey. They will be writing to you soon to introduce themselves to you personally and in more detail.
In my role as Assistant Director of Secondary Education, I will continue to operate as the Executive Principal of the academy
I am adamant that everything we achieve; we achieve together and as a team. As soon as we know what September looks like we will write to you again with an update about our plans, to keep you fully informed.
Please look after yourselves, look out for each other and stay safe in these difficult and uncertain times. We are here if you need us, please just get in touch.
Assistant Director Harris Federation Secondary Education