Week starting: Monday 12th June 2017

Staffing Changes

The end of a school year inevitably brings changes in staffing and this year is no different.


Mrs Booth, our Head of Primary will be leaving us at October half term. Mrs Booth has led our primary department with excellence and efficiency since her return for a second period of employment with us for the past 5 years.

Mrs Booth will spend more time with her family. Mrs Booth will be sadly missed by staff, pupils and colleagues, but we still have Mrs Booth in position to ensure an effective hand over to her successor whom is already in post.


Mrs Jane Prothero who has worked with us for the past year in the DSP and as a primary teacher will assume the role of Head of Primary and SENCO for the school as of November 2017, when Mrs Booth leaves.

Mrs Prothero has had leadership experience both as a Primary head and as a SENCO, most recently at Hope International School in Cambodia. I was privileged to visit Hope International in October 2016 as Mr & Mrs Kershaw are currently working there. I was able to see the quality of her leadership capabilities first hand which prompted us to secure her services on her return to the UK last summer.


Mr Prothero (Mrs Prothero’s husband) is also an experienced school leader and will join us on staff in September. He will fulfil the role of Head of Upper (Mr Walker will assume leadership of Middle School). He will also teach older students for Maths and Science. Mr Prothero has worked the past year at Carr Manor since his return from Cambodia. He brings current expertise and rigour from this state school experience where he has also held a leadership role. Mrs Townson and Mrs Bate will reduce their teaching in Science and Maths respectively.


Mr McGrail will join us full time in September. He will add to his current 3 day teaching role by two days where he will use his IT skills to further develop the systems within the school and importantly, develop the profile of the school. He will use his skills to improve communication about the school regarding Open Days and other events, improve our online presence, and develop our friends of the school group among other initiatives.


As previously mentioned:

Mrs Ryan will start her maternity leave next term.

Mrs Mackenzie will finish this week to start her maternity leave as she and her husband receive another adopted child into their family.


After next week, Mrs Hutton joins Mrs Moon in EYFS from Class 2 and Miss Snalam and Mrs Booth will increase their hours to cover Class 2 until the end of the year.

Mr Monis and Mr Horton will both be leaving us at the end of the term. Both young men are converting their degrees and their experience with us into PGCE training to be able to start careers as fully qualified teachers. Mr Monis trains at Cambridge and Mr Horton will train in Leeds.


Though we are always sad to see colleagues leave and move on, we are also excited at the prospect of working with new colleagues and in strengthening the teaching provision for your children.




  • Year 5/6 Fire Safety Talk


  • Duke of Edinburgh Expedition


Further Ahead

19th June – Holland Trip for Years 9/10

                – Class 1 to St Leonards Farm Park

23rd June – Leavers meal @ The Midland Hotel

30th June – Year 8 Barmitzvah Meal

12th July –   Romania Team depart

                  Primary School Beach Trip to Scarborough

14th July  – Primary School Sports Morning



Fathers’ Day breakfast – as advertised on the school calendar

Unfortunately we have been unable to go ahead with this event and we apologise for any inconvenience.


Romania. Some of you may be aware of our visits to Romania in the past. From 1999 to 2009 we regularly took groups of our older students to Mangalia, a small seaside town on the shores of the Black Sea. We worked with a small church and a health foundation.

We have not been to Mangalia for the past eight years for various reasons. However, we are reconnecting with our contacts through Mrs Scott. Mangalia is her home town. A team of 12 students, myself (Mr Moon) and Mr and Mrs Scott will be working with a different local church from Wednesday 12th – Sunday 23rd July.

If you would like to support this project we are giving you the opportunity to invest financially. On Monday 20th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June we are selling buns to raise monies for the project. We will also collect donations on the school gate at the beginning and end of the day. The money will be used to bless the people we work with (rather than fund the students going). We usually take a fund of money to buy things or invest in people and projects as we come across them on our visit.

If you would like to support the project, please make use of this giving opportunity.

The students on this years’ project include Joe Waters, Sam and Georgia Tarr, Dan Wells, Billy Spence, Isaac March, Lucy Hattersley, Megan Fear, Tayler Boothroyd, Ben Morfin, Tom Kirkby and Rachael Chadwick.

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