This has been a busy, yet unusual week.

After 8 years in post, Mr Lloyd-Jones is retiring at the end of the summer term. For this reason, yesterday, we interviewed for the post of Deputy Headteacher, to be in charge of the pastoral work of the school from September 2023. We had a really strong field and our rigorous selection process for the 6 shortlisted candidates included a student panel comprising students from across all year groups, a governors’ panel, various written activities, a presentation and a final interview. I am delighted to be able to share with you that we appointed Mr Belstone, Assistant Headteacher, to this position.

We offer our sincere congratulations to Mr Belstone and are confident that Mr Lloyd-Jones’ excellent contributions to Chenderit will be built on in the years ahead.

Wednesday reminded us about what it was like to be in school during the pandemic. For the first time in many years, we saw NEU teachers take strike action on that day. Although 73% of students accessed their learning online and a number of students were invited to be in school, this situation is, of course, less than ideal. It may be that, with 3 more days of action looming, you feel that you would like to write to our local MP, The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom to emphasise the importance of addressing the underlying causes of this industrial dispute and improve teacher supply in order to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people in the future. Should you wish to write to our local MP, the prepared letter from the Association of School and College Leaders can be adapted and used, to press for action over the teacher recruitment and retention crisis and help to resolve the industrial action which continues on 1st, 15th and 16th March. The letter can be found here.

Our collective voice could be very powerful

Jane Cartwright

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