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ACTING PRINCIPAL’S BLOG – September 2017

posted 19 Sep 2017, 02:48 by Web Admin
I would like to welcome everyone back as we start this new academic year together.

I hope that all our families enjoyed the summer break. The start of term has been very good in classes and the children have settled very well.

As promised in the letter sent to you all by Malcolm Reeve (AET Executive Director, SEND and Inclusion) last week, I am writing to confirm that for the coming term I will be the Acting Principal at Columbus until the arrival of our new Principal, Karen Clark in January. The majority of you will already know me well and I am looking forward to meeting the parents/carers of the new children and young people who joined us this week as soon as possible.

Malcolm Reeve will be dealing with finance and personnel matters this term and my focus during this interim period will be on teaching and learning.

Gary Corbett, Assistant Vice-Principal, remains in his current post and will focus on safeguarding and behaviour. Gary and I plan to split our time equally across School and College during the school week.

Parents will be very pleased to know that Ginny left a very stable and committed group of staff and our turnover of staff over the last year was very low. I am, therefore, confident that we have a good team in place and I will do everything I can to support them.

We are working very closely with the new transport provider 24X7 Ltd. to ensure that the arrival and departure process works as smoothly as possible. There have, unfortunately, been some challenges for some parents but we are confident that any problems will be resolved in the next few days.

At the end of last term, we nominated our Principal, Ginny Bellard, for a Jack Petchey Leaders Award for all that she had achieved at Columbus. I am delighted to be able to inform you that Ginny has been chosen and is a winner of the award and will be presented with a medal, certificate and a copy of Jack Petchey’s book. This Leader Award also enables Columbus School and College to apply for a Small Grant of up to £750 on a project that benefits our 11-25 year olds. I will advise you in due course what we will be using this award money for.

Mr. Tom Jackson-Owens

Acting Principal

 

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