Friday 22nd May 2020
Following the publication of our latest KHS newsletter last week, announcing my appointment as the new Headteacher of King Henry School, I wanted to get in touch with you all ahead of the May half-term.
I am delighted to have been appointed and look forward to taking up the role permanently. Initially, I was due to take up post in September 2020. However, in light of the current school closure and my initial work with the senior team at King Henry School, I am pleased to announce that I will now be in post from Monday 8th June 2020.
In terms of any partial re-opening of the school site for Year 10 and Year 12 students, secondary schools continue to await detailed guidance from the Department for Education. Once received, we will work closely across the Trust and with the local authority and other partners to consider potential options. Once we have any firm details, we will be in touch with our KHS families. However, I can reassure you that student and staff safety and well-being will be the priority of any partial re-opening of the site in the future.
I would also like to thank you for your support in keeping your son/daughter focused on their school work at home. I have three school-aged children myself, so absolutely appreciate how tough ‘home school’ can be. Each and every effort you are making to keep your son/daughter engaged in their studies will make a real difference in the long-term. It is also important that we celebrate and champion our students who are making significant efforts to stay on top of their studies.
As such we have launched a competition for King Henry School students – open to students in all year groups. To enter, students simply need to take a photo of a piece of excellent work that they have completed during the school closure to date – this can be from any subject. Photos of the work along with the student’s name and year group should be sent to HTcompetition@kinghenry.org.uk by noon on Friday 5th June 2020. I will be reviewing all entries – my first opportunity as Headteacher to see our students’ excellent work! Winning entries will be celebrated through our next KHS newsletter with students receiving the first allocated House achievement points, which will count in our new House system next year – further details to follow in due course.
I will be a visible and approachable Headteacher for King Henry students, staff and parents/carers alike. I will be holding regular parent forums over the coming months, as and when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, I wish you and your families an enjoyable, restful and safe May half-term.
Mr R Leitch