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As our school community are aware, we wished Ms Buchanan all the very best in her retirement at the end of last term and it was wonderful to reflect back over her time at Coombe; her tireless support for the students in the many and varied roles she has held over the last 24 years and to truly celebrate the legacy she will leave here at the school. We look forward to her joining us over the coming year for celebratory events.
We are very pleased that Mr Platt has been appointed as Head of Centre at Coombe Girls’ School to succeed Ms Buchanan. He will be responsible for the day to day management of the school as my role as Executive Headteacher means that I do continue to spend part of the week at Knollmead Primary School.
Further changes to the leadership team have also been introduced this week: Mrs Knight, Mr Power and Ms Barns have been appointed as Senior Assistant Headteachers with respective responsibility for pastoral care, teaching school & training and the sixth form. We are also additionally assisted by a team of Assistant Headteachers: Mr Pounds, Mrs Corkhill, Miss Jackson, Mr Jones, Miss Mitchell and Mrs Pellett. Their key responsibilities are listed in the Leadership Team Chart on the school website.
I returned after the Easter break to a letter from the Secondary Schools Academies Trust congratulating Coombe Girls’ on its exceptional attainment and progress in the 2015 GCSE examinations. We have been recognised for two educational awards: Coombe Girls’ is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress based upon our girls’ best 8 average point scores at Key Stage 4. We are very proud of our students’ achievements over the years and look forward to celebrating many more in the future.
I would also like to thank the staff and students who participated during the Easter holidays in the federated ski trip and the Sixth Form trip to New York & Washington; both trips were highly successful and greatly enjoyed by all.
We all wish our Year 10 – 13 students the very best of luck in their forthcoming examinations and the next few weeks will be filled with the final preparations for them. I look forward to seeing parents and friends of Coombe at events later on this term.