So here is it – my final blog as Principal of Manchester Health Academy.
In education, July is a time of endings for staff and students alike – finishing things off, tying up loose ends, the last week in that year, finishing school forever. The end can be many things – a rush to complete a project, the sadness of knowing you won’t see some people again, the excitement of the holidays coming. You might see it as a deadline or as a finish line. These are all points on our individual journeys and all good things must come to an end.
It has been an absolute honour to be the Principal of this Academy.
When I became Principal, I had a clear vision of where I wanted to take the Academy. As a parent, I knew that I wanted the best possible education for my son, and I wanted the same for my students.
That meant setting high expectations, it meant striving for excellence, it meant raising aspirations and it meant doing everything possible to achieve success. And it meant doing that for everyone, regardless of their starting point, regardless of the difficult personal circumstances some live with. It meant bringing every colleague on that journey. It meant bringing every family on that journey.
I passionately believe that, with the right teaching and the right support, every child can succeed and every child deserves that opportunity.
I will be leaving the Academy at the end of this week to take up my new role as Executive Principal at the Greater Manchester Learning Trust. I am sad to be moving on, but I leave confident that my colleagues, the governing body, and the students and their families will continue to take Manchester Health Academy to new heights.
Thank you to all of you for working with me, and for making me so proud on a weekly basis.
“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” Graham Greene, The End of the Affair