Tuesday 13th February 2024
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to personally inform you, even though some of you may already know that I will be retiring at the end of this academic year. I know this news may come as a surprise to some of you, and I apologise if the recent job advertisement you may have seen was the means through which you found out about my retirement. It was not intended to be the official announcement, and I regret any confusion this may have caused.
Leaving St Peter’s school has been a bittersweet decision for me. Over the past 31 years, I have had the privilege of working here, with the last 25 years spent as the headteacher. It has been an incredible journey, and I wholeheartedly cherish the memories and relationships formed during my time at the school. However, I believe that now is the right time for me to step back and devote my energy to my growing family, as well as enjoy more time with my friends.
I would also like to inform you that Mrs Coghlan, my assistant headteacher over the past 12 years, will also be retiring at the end of this academic year. Like me, she shares a deep love for St Peter’s school and takes immense pride in having played a significant role in the lives of countless children during her 33 years of service. Her dedication to our school community has been truly commendable.
As we bid farewell, we understand that there will be significant changes for St Peter’s school, but we want to assure you that St Peter’s is in a fantastic position to embrace the future. We have recently undergone inspections by both Ofsted and the Diocese, and their recognition of our accomplishments has reinforced our confidence in the continued success of the school. I believe this stands as a testament to the wonderful work carried out by our committed staff, talented students, and supportive parents like yourselves.
While change can often be challenging, it also presents opportunities for growth and fresh perspectives. I kindly ask for your ongoing support during this transitional period. St Peter’s school has always been a community that thrives on collaboration and shared values. Together, we can ensure a smooth and successful transition for all involved.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you. Your unwavering support, trust, and partnership over the years have been instrumental in shaping St Peter’s into the remarkable institution it is today. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with all of you, and I will forever hold cherished memories of my time here.
While Mrs Coghlan and my departures mark the end of an era, it also signifies the beginning of new possibilities. I have faith in the resilience of our school community and know that St Peter’s will continue to thrive.
Thank you once again for your continued support.