Dear Parents and Carers,
"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19: 21
Earlier today, Justin, our Chair of Governors, announced that this would be my last term at St Swithun Wells, as I am leaving at the end of this academic year. As I hope you can imagine, this wasn't an easy or simple decision to make, especially at this most difficult time, but one that I felt was right for St Swithun Wells and myself.
For the last 15 years, St Swithun Wells has been my home and holds a very dear place in my heart. I know I am leaving behind a great community, fantastic staff and governors and wonderful children and parents. The last 15 years have been an incredible journey and I thank everyone associated with the school for travelling with me, helping me carry the luggage and ensuring we reach a safe and wonderful destintation. For me, that has always been the gift of education we give to the children - not just in terms of academic achievement but their personal and spiritual development and chance to become the best person they can be.
The school I will be moving to has had a very challenging year and I felt that I could make a difference to those children, knowing that the community here, would continue to make a difference to your and future children.
When we finished on the 20th March, I made a commitment to year 6 that we would mark their leaving and moving on to secondary school. At this moment we do not know when or if we will be fully open before the end of term; but I will be focusing on ensuring our year 6 children leave knowing how much we value and appreciate their time at St Swithun Wells. I will be here for the rest of this term and no doubt see and hear from you all. There may not be the opportunity in the summer for me to say goodbye to you all, but there will be a chance for me to personally thank you and say goodbye at some point.
Thank you for your continued support and friendship. I would particularly like to thank Justin for his support and know the process of recruiting a new head teacher is in very safe hands under his leadership. I will continue to pray for the children and their families and the school and ask that you pray for me.
With all good wishes