Farewell from the Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers

t is with a very saddened heart that I am writing to say farewell to you all pending my imminent retirement from Cardinal Newman. I have written hundreds of letters home to parents over time but this is without doubt the most difficult of them all. I have been in education for 39 years with my very first post at English Martyrs, Orford. I believe that is where I truly learned to teach! It was a challenging school but all of my memories of the students and staff are good ones.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as headteacher at this wonderful school. I have welcomed thousands of students into Cardinal Newman over my 27 years here. Many of you were here or at English Martyrs as students yourselves during my time as Head of Drama, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Headteacher. It is very special for me to have watched you grow and then see you return as parents with a second generation.

I have been privileged to have been Headteacher and I will leave with many fond memories of my time here. I must firstly thank all of the Governors for putting their faith and trust in me on my appointment I hope that I have repaid their confidence in continuing Cardinal Newman’s journey in such turbulent, challenging and uncertain times educationally, politically and financially. I have enjoyed almost every moment! There has certainly never been a dull moment.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of my 27 years at Cardinal Newman and especially seeing the school on its improvement journey in recent years. It has been exciting but very rewarding, with the support of a happy, committed and highly professional staff, and an outstanding leadership team. I will miss everything about the school – your wonderful children who engage with me every day with their amazing contributions, good humour and achievements; you, the parents who have been so supportive and of course my outstanding staff and governing body. When I start to reminisce I can recall so much. We have enjoyed so much success in so many ways with so many students and staff. I look forward to boring people to tears with my hundreds of stories about my life as a headteacher. My heart is full of very special Cardinal Newman memories that will stay with me forever. I will miss all of your children and all of the staff who work so hard to do the very best for the children in their care. I feel I will be passing Cardinal Newman over to Mrs Langstaff in a very positive and healthy position.

Thank you all once again for all your friendship and support.

God Bless