8 July 2016
As you read this the term will have finished and the summer holiday stretches before us. As I said in my final blog; this last half of term is one of the shortest of the year, it is also one of the busiest. I hope you have been able to attend some of the many events that have taken place over the past few weeks: sports days, the summer concert, Proms in the Courtyard, Prize Giving, Festival of Achievement and PTA summer fete to name but a few. All these events bring the School together and just as importantly allow you to share in your children’s life in school.
At this time we say a fond farewell to a number of teaching staff.
Mr Colin Jones is retiring from Red House after teaching here for 32 years! Over that time he has worked in the PE department and maths department and most recently has taught Year 4. He has been exemplary in his support of the co-curricular programme in the Prep & Senior School where many pupils have enjoyed taking part in the cross country running and orienteering he organised.
Also retiring is Miss Jo Everington. Since joining Red House in 2008 Miss Everington has devoted herself to improving the Nursery and Infant School for the benefit of the children. The many changes that have enhanced the education within the Nursery and Infant School and outstanding judgement of the Nursery in the ISI inspection are very much down to her leadership and dedication. As a member of my senior management team Miss Everington has made many significant contributions to the development of the School as a whole.
Madame Burel, Head of French, is moving with her husband to Warwickshire. Madame Burel has worked tirelessly within the School developing French and has also jointly run the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Finally, we also say goodbye to Mrs Mayberry who joined the School last year to teach ICT. Although
Mrs Mayberry has only been at Red House for a short period of time she quickly established herself and has become involved in many aspects of the School.
I am sure you will join with me in wishing them all the very best for the future. Next term, joining the School will be: Mrs Farrell, teacher of Year 2; Mr Maude, teacher of Year 4 and Mrs Gaunt, Head of French.
In addition to the above permanent changes, Mrs Foster has begun her maternity leave and Mr Kears, has joined us, as Head of geography.
My time as Headmaster is drawing to a close and as I prepare to hand over the role to my successor Mr James it is with great fondness I reflect on my time at Red House. It is often said that time moves too quickly and certainly the eleven years I have been at Red House seem to have passed in an instant. It has been a very real, and humbling, privilege to be Headmaster of Red House School. It is a job like no other and one that it would be impossible to undertake without the support of many others. When I joined the School I decided to continue to teach and therefore work closely with the children. From visiting Nursery, to see how the youngest are getting on, to taking Year 10 into the hills as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s training it is the children that always, (or at least most of the time!) bring a smile to my face.
Working with the children has given me huge pleasure and ensured I kept in touch with what Red House is about – the children. I have also been fortunate in having an excellent group of colleagues, always willing to go that extra mile in order to achieve the best outcomes for the School and the children. I have often spoken about the strong triangle of parent, child and teacher working together to support and enable each child to reach their potential. So last but not least it is you I would like to thank. Without your support the job of the teachers within School would be much more difficult. It is that support, along with the work of the children and teachers which allows Red House to be so effective and enable the children to be so successful on many, many levels.
I wish you and your family a restful summer and all the very best for the future.
A R W Taylor