Headteacher update

Dear Parent/Carer,


As you are all aware, we have been actively seeking to appoint a new Headteacher for Wessex since March. Recruiting Headteachers is extremely challenging within this Local Authority and, sadly, we have not yet found the right person for Wessex.

However, the school governors and local authority, in close partnership with the school leadership team, have worked really hard to prepare for this contingency. As a result, I am very happy to inform you that we have secured an excellent leadership plan for September whilst we continue to seek a full-time Headteacher for Wessex.

From 1st September 2016, Mrs Alison Penny will be our Interim Executive Head Teacher at Wessex. Mrs Penny is Headteacher at Woodlands Park Primary School. She will be based at Wessex for half the week and will be ably supported by Mrs Maskell and Mrs Pope, our current Deputy Heads who will work alongside her as Interim Co-Heads of School.

Mrs Penny is well-known to Wessex and is a highly respected Headteacher within the Local Authority. Mrs Maskell and Mrs Pope have been Deputies at Wessex for 8 and 5 years respectively, thus ensuring clear continuity for Wessex. Governors are pleased to have ensured such a secure leadership package for the School and the leadership team for September will be working closely with Mr Stevens to ensure a smooth transition for the Autumn.

Wessex Governors are extremely proud of the School’s recent Ofsted Report. Wessex is a good school, with outstanding personal development and well-being of its children and we are determined to build from here to make Wessex even better! We all want the best for all of the pupils.

Thank you to all of you for your continuing support and please don’t hesitate to contact the school office or speak to one of the Leadership Team if you have any queries or concerns.

Yours sincerely

Katheryn Russell, Chair of Governors, Wessex Primary School