Covid 19 05.05.20


Tuesday 5th May 2020


Dear Parents and Carers

It is the ambition of the Odyssey Trust that we create outstanding leadership at school and Trust level. I am therefore delighted to announce that our efforts to seek out the very best leaders has resulted in some exciting and inspiring appointments.

Headteacher King Henry School
After a period of instability, and following an extensive search, Trustees were presented with an outstanding field of candidates for the post of Headteacher at King Henry School. We had applications from experienced Deputy Headteachers, Headteachers and Executive Headteachers. What was common in these applications was the passion and King Henry School and its community and a genuine investment in our vision. It made for a challenging but rewarding shortlisting process and a strong field to interview. Students too were involved in the selection process and I am delighted that we were in agreement that the new Headteacher for King Henry School should be.

Mr Rob Leitch
I will let Rob introduce himself in the Newsletter this week but many of you will be familiar with Rob as the former Chair of Governors at King Henry School. An experienced Deputy Headteacher with a proven commitment to the KHS community and an impressive track record in senior leadership at a very successful school, Rob Leitch will be the leader and champion King Henry School deserves.  A short bio is below:

Rob has had an array of educational experiences, most recently as the Deputy Headteacher at a large, high performing comprehensive school in Bromley where outcomes are outstanding. In the past, he has also served as Cabinet Member for Education in Bexley, working with all local schools and leaders across the Borough. He also has a strong understanding of King Henry School, and our local community, having previously volunteered as a governor at the school. Together, these experiences provide a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding of our local community, and our school’s incredible potential.

Headteacher Townley Grammar School
You will be aware that since forming the Trust in September 2018 it has been the intention that in time I would relinquish the direct leadership of the school and hand over to a new Headteacher. In the interim we have been fortunate to have Nevita Pandya as Head of School and there is universal agreement that she has done an outstanding job leading the school in that time. We had intended making the Headteacher appointment sooner and had advertised internally but events prevented us from proceeding to the interview. I can now announce that the interview for Headteacher at Townley Grammar School will take place on the 11th May and we wish Mrs Pandya luck.

Director of Arts and Culture
In addition to the wider academic ambitions of the Trust we have held as our goal the development of a rich and diverse arts curriculum for our schools. The arts provide an invaluable contribution to social mobility and enrich our lives as well as enabling us to make sense of the world. We have therefore taken the bold step of bringing the Trust’s Performing and Visual Arts provision, as well as its wider cultural education, under the inspiring leadership of a Director of Arts and Culture. This very senior post will enable our students to have access to the very highest curriculum opportunities within the arts and ensure the highest standards of arts education. I am delighted to announce that our new Director of Arts and Culture is the highly respected Dr Steven Berryman. Further information about Dr Berryman is below:

Dr Steven Berryman is currently Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, and since September 2019 has been seconded to the Education Strategy Unit at the City of London Corporation leading on cultural and creative learning projects across the family of schools in the City. Previously Steven taught at the Junior Departments of the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban and taught music at the North London Collegiate School.  He has contributed widely to educational press, expert roundtables, examining and as an arts education practitioner including work as a composer; recent work includes projects with Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, NMC Recordings and Ofqual. Steven is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and Guildhall School. He enjoys leading professional development for teachers and is the subject lead for music at Buckingham University working with PGCE trainees, and the Curriculum Lead for the Music Teachers Association. He was granted Freedom of the City of London in 2018, is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chartered College of Teaching and is a Chartered Teacher. Steven is very much looking forward to joining the Odyssey Trust for Education and working with colleagues across the two schools to ensure all pupils have an enriching and innovative arts and cultural provision. 

Other news
Information on on-line safety for the students.

Mr Quinn and Mr Meheux, from the DT and Engineering department at Townley, have been busy making visors for the NHS. 800 visors have already been distributed to local hospitals, hospices and care homes and a further 1000 are in production! There will be more information on this in the Newsletter that will be coming out this week along with details on how you can support this if you can.

Take care and stay safe

Desmond Deehan

CEO/Executive Headteacher

Odyssey Trust for Education

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