13 July 2015

Dear Parents

Many of you will by now be aware that at Wednesday’s Prep. and Senior School Prize Giving, Vinay Bedi, Chair of School Council, announced that I will be retiring at the end of the next academic year.  I have enjoyed leading such an outstanding School over the past ten years.  Working with so many exceptional colleagues, children and parents has been a real privilege.  I do regret that there are things I have been unable to accomplish but the time is right for me and for the School for me to step aside.  School Council will be looking to appoint my successor next term and plans are already in place to ensure a successful appointment and smooth transition over the next twelve months.

Red House has had another excellent year on all fronts.  Those of you who follow the School on Facebook and Twitter, or who read my blog, will be aware of the many diverse aspects of a Red House education in which the children have been involved.  Our in-house publications, Red House Times and the Yearbook, provide further insights into the work of the children and their many successes, academically, culturally and in sport, as well as the wide range of educational experiences they have enjoyed.  I very much look forward to next year and the continued success of Red House children.

At the end of this term we say farewell to a number of members of staff.  Red House staff tend to remain in post for many years and only leave to retire.  This is certainly true of Mr Crewe, who has inspired generations of pupils to develop their sporting prowess and has entertained us with his witty assemblies and drama performances.

A great school will also provide the environment in which colleagues can grow and develop enabling them to further their careers.  Mr May and Mrs Bessey have given tirelessly to Red House and now move on, Mr May to take up the Headship of Durlston Court Prep. School in Hampshire and Mrs Bessey to become Head of Girls’ Games at Cundall Manor.  The end of term also sees the retirement of Mrs Julie Magson, Science Technician and the departure of Mr Hutton, Head of ICT and Mrs Waldock, Teaching Assistant.  I am sure you join with me in wishing them all the best for the future.

I wish you a very pleasant summer and look forward to welcoming the children back in September.

Yours faithfully

A R W Taylor

Headmaster

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