“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”. – Paulo Coelho.

As we come to the end of another academic year, we sadly have to say goodbye to a number of colleagues. Over the past two years, there hasn’t been a lot of staff movement, which is something that always helps when you are trying to develop consistency across the school. I’ve written before that it is always a bittersweet moment when colleagues leave. On one hand, I am disappointed that I won’t be working with them anymore; on the other, I am excited when staff leave for new opportunities, for promoted posts, or to be able to be closer to home.

Next year, the school will be increasing in size again, as part of the planned growth to year groups of 240 students (1200 students in total), so we are also in the envious position of having recruited more staff to join us than are leaving.

I would like to thank the following members of staff for their service and hard work:

  • Mrs Holden (Teacher of MFL) who is leaving to work in another Hampshire school.
  • Mr Williams Teacher of (Maths) who is leaving to take up a promoted post at another Hampshire school.
  • Miss Shore (Acting Head of MFL), who has led the department for much of the year and is leaving to take up a post nearer to home.
  • Mrs Nayyar (Assistant SENDCo) who has been promoted to a senior role at another school.
  • Mr Holland (Cover Supervisor), who is leaving his post to go into teacher training. We will still be seeing him though as he will be completing his training at Hamble.
  • Miss Sherrell (Attendance Officer), who is leaving to take up a promoted post as Head of Year at another Hampshire school.
  • Mr Duckworth (Teacher of Science), who is relocating to Cornwall.
  • Mrs Sargent (Head of Geography) who is leaving to take up a promoted post at a school in Southampton.
  • Mrs Roome (Head of Year), who is moving to another Head of Year position at a Hampshire school.
  • Miss Niblock (Deputy Head of Science), who is leaving to take up a promoted post at another Hampshire school.
  • Miss Wesson (Teacher of Maths) who is leaving because of family commitments.

Thank you to all of the members of staff mentioned above. They will be much missed at Hamble, but I wish them well in their future roles.

Today, we are finishing with our usual Celebration Assemblies to try to recognise the hard work of so many students across the school. Last week we had our annual Prize-Giving Evening at the Ageas Hilton hotel, where we recognised the achievements of over 160 students. Whilst these events are always very positive, I think it is important to recognise that that are many students who also work hard throughout the year and are unable to attend simply because of the restriction in numbers. It is something that we will focus on more next year so that we can continue to encourage hard work, effort, and attitude to a wider range of students.

I hope that you and your families are all able to have a restful and enjoyable holiday. Please all be safe and I look forward to seeing your children back in school on Friday 2nd September for the start of the new academic year.

Best wishes


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