Please watch this short video clip from the CFS Governors outlining some upcoming changes to the school leadership. If you'd like to read a script instead of watching the video, please see below.
I’m Will Sopwith, speaking to you on behalf of CFS Governors. I am personally so grateful that my children are growing up in such a diverse and loving community. We as governors are incredibly thankful to staff for their efforts in continuing this sense of community as far as has been possible during lockdown.
Looking forward to the new academic year in September and a hoped for move back towards some form of normal school life, there are some important changes in the governance of the school to tell you about. For some time now (since the start of this year) we have been discussing next steps of school leadership with Mr Worsley, our head teacher, and the school senior leadership team. Mr Worsley has asked to reduce his time in school to 3 days a week from September and this has provided an opportunity to re-think our model of school leadership.
After much discussion and prayer as governors, we recognise the potential strengths of creating a more operationally-focussed School Principal role, working 2 days a week to manage the office, finance, HR, IT and the site. This role is designed to complement the skills and capacity for teaching, learning, pastoral care and pupil progress in the existing senior leadership team, whilst releasing Mr Worsley to continue developing and implementing the Christ-centred vision at the heart of CFS.
We are really pleased that Graham Sharples, the current Chair of Governors, has agreed to take up this Principal role from September and Mr Worsley and he are looking forward to continuing their close working relationship within this new set-up.
Graham’s change of role means that he can no longer be a Governor, and so this enforced departure from the Governors has prompted further changes in this group. First off, Mike Whiting is taking a well earned retirement after serving faithfully as a Governor for many many years. We are excited to welcome Mark Lewis to Governors to take on responsibility for the building and infrastructure in his place, a role he has already contributed to over the years. We are also delighted to welcome two additional new Governors, Ester Redondo Smith and Abraham Waigi, taking on responsibility for the parent collaborative and public promotion of the school, respectively. Finally, I have accepted the invitation to be the new Chair of Governors.
These may seem small changes in light of the challenges we all still face with Covid-19, but we are encouraged as Governors as we continue to sense God’s leadership in CFS and honoured to see the skills and talents of individuals contributing to our community.
We look forward to seeing you all very soon.