Following on from my previous letter where I informed you that the Headteacher Board supported our decision to join The Laurus Trust at their meeting at the end of February, we have continued with the due diligence process and we are working towards a September conversion date. Please do give your views and feedback on the questionnaire which can be found on the school website. As Governors, we are keen to hear from parents/carers in regard to this important change for the school. (Questionnaire Link)
One of our most recent tasks was to appoint a new Headteacher. In the Laurus Trust model, the practice is to have a Head of School and an Executive Head who takes a strategic overview. We have adopted this approach and are delighted to inform you that Mr Martin Vevers will be joining us as Executive Headteacher and Mr Martin Stewart will be joining us as Head of School from September.
Both Martins have a proven track record of helping students achieve their full potential at Cheadle Hulme High School and of building and shaping caring and supportive school communities. Mr Vevers has most recently established a new school in Tameside that is already oversubscribed. Mr Stewart recently led a school in Manchester through a period of difficult change, something which required both compassion and strong leadership. We believe that they will do an excellent job at Hazel Grove High School.
I would like to put on record my thanks to Cherry Franklin and Ben Vickers, Acting Headteachers since January. Their hard work, commitment and professionalism has meant that the school has been in very safe hands. Neither Ben nor Cherry applied for the post of Head of School as they both believed that it was in the best interests of the school to bring in new blood to fill this role. This is the sort of commitment that has characterised their leadership style and we are very grateful to them for all that they have done.
One of the advantages of having a Head of School and an Executive Head, especially given the opportunities available to us next year as we become part of a wider trust, is the extra capacity created in the HGHS Leadership Team. Mr Vevers will be with us for part of the week to help shape key decisions, and Mr Stewart, alongside the existing leadership team, will be your main point of contact for the day to day running of the school.
We have invited Mr Vevers and Mr Stewart to the June Parent Forum meeting to give parents and carers an opportunity to meet them ahead of September. I hope you will be able to come along and extend a welcome to the HGHS community.
Finally, I would like to thank the HGHS staff for all they have achieved since the start of the year and to wish our Year 11 and Year 13 students well in their examinations, which will soon be underway.
Chair of Governors