Dear Parents and Carers
Following on from the Principal’s letter of 6th January 2016, I write to advise you of Mrs Shephard’s decision to bring forward the timing of her retirement, which means that she will not be returning to RES after the Easter holidays. She feels that leaving at this time will be of greatest benefit to the school as it joins The Howard Partnership Trust and at the start of the construction phase of the new school buildings.
Mrs Shephard was appointed Principal in 2009 and has loyally served the school for 6 years. During her time at RES, she has significantly improved standards at both GCSE and A level, led the conversion to Academy status and rebranding of the school, introduced vertical tutoring and fought long and hard to ensure that our students get the very best education possible in the best environment. Her vision and dedication in driving forward the new school project has been a major achievement and will be a legacy for all involved over the last four years of taking the initial dreams into a spectacular design. Construction of the new school will start at Easter and will be a huge benefit to the children of the borough for decades to come.
I am sure you will all wish to join governors in thanking Mrs Shephard for her hard work, commitment and enthusiasm to the school and wish her well for the future.
In addition to Mrs Shephard’s retirement, I must advise you of the departure of Mr Wardlow and Mr French, the school’s Deputy Principals. Mr Wardlow is leaving after 6 years to pursue a new career in sports coaching and personal training and Mr French is moving to The Winston Churchill School in Woking as Deputy Headteacher. They have also contributed to the success of the school in many ways and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.
I would like to reassure you that, despite this somewhat unusual situation, the ongoing work and discussions with The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) have enabled Governors to establish a leadership arrangement which we are confident will minimise the potential for disruption and keep the school moving forward on its development journey. A key influence in this process has been the unanimous decision taken by Governors at their meeting on 8th February to join THPT in due course.
With effect from Monday 11th April 2016, we look forward to welcoming Mrs Rhona Barnfield and Mrs Anne-Louise Payne from The Howard Partnership Trust who will be joining us in the roles of Executive Head and Partnership Head of School respectively. Both have extensive experience working at senior leadership level in secondary and primary schools, with a particular focus on school improvement. Mrs Payne will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school, assisted by two additional Partnership Senior Leaders. As the school’s Executive Head, Mrs Barnfield becomes the statutory Headteacher of RES and as such, provides the strategic leadership and is accountable for its performance.
Mrs Barnfield and Mrs Payne are looking forward to meeting you after the Easter break. I am sure you will have questions for them and would strongly encourage you to attend the meetings that are being arranged for parents of individual year groups, details of which can be found in the 'THPT Introduction Letter' below.
I wish you all a restful break and look forward to embarking with you on the exciting next stage of RES’ development as we continue the journey of improvement towards becoming the outstanding school that our children deserve.
Chair of Governors
- THPT Introduction Letter
- Information on THPT
- Mrs Barnfield Profile
- Mrs Payne Profile