Dear Parents and Guardians
As we start the year I thought it was important to write to you in my new role as Headteacher, especially given Chris Clarke’s message in the summer newsletter.
I am delighted to take this role and whilst the enormity could seem overwhelming, I can say with absolute confidence that it is a role that feels possible because of the wonderful combination of delightful children and young people, supportive parents and fantastic colleagues, trustees and governors that make up our whole school community.
Obviously it is an exciting time for us as we form the Lunesdale Learning Trust and I am looking forward to continuing my partnership with Alison Wilkinson in her role as Principal of the new QEStudio and Chris Clarke in his role as CEO of the Trust.
Having worked at QES for 19 years, joining in 1998 as second in the English Department and having different roles, most recently as Deputy Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form, I know I am very lucky to be given this opportunity and feel genuinely humbled and more than a little overcome by the confidence the governors and trustees have shown in appointing me.
It has been lovely to receive so many good wishes from current and former parents and pupils and I continue to be immensely appreciative of your support. Whilst I know there is a lot to do – we are certainly not complacent! - I promise I will be doing my very best to keep QES the special place it is and I know that is only possible with your ongoing support.
As I type I see our new Year 7 playing in the piazza having arrived in my office after speaking to our new Sixth Formers and I can’t imagine a better job!
To share these precious years with young people at such an important time in their lives is a privilege. Yes there are accountability measures, curriculum and exam changes, budget restraints and all the many varied and pressing concerns that at times will weigh heavy, but the enthusiasm and positivity that young people bring to our community help us all feel energised and optimistic about the future.
I hope that by now you know there are people to speak to if you are ever concerned about any aspect of your child’s welfare or education and I’d like thank you once again for your ongoing support. I’m anticipating a busy, eventful and thoroughly enjoyable year.
Cathy O’Neill, Headteacher