17 April 2018
Dear parents and carers, I am delighted to have started as Headteacher of Cansfield High School. It is a privilege to follow on from the fantastic 23 years of service that Mr Southworth gave the school and I hope I can provide a similar level of dedication and contribution while I am Head.
The post at Cansfield High School stood out to me because it is a school that shares my own values. I am fully committed to an approach in which students are known and cared for as individuals. I hold high standards for all students I work with, yet also expect them to enjoy their time at school and develop a sense of who they are in a community in which they know they are valued. Everything I have seen at Cansfield indicates that these values are shared by staff, students and governors. We clearly have a job to do in moving Cansfield from a Requires Improvement judgement to Outstanding, but I am confident that this can be done at the same time as retaining the great things that make Cansfield High School what it is.
I am an experienced Headteacher and a National Leader of Education. For the last three and a half years I have been Principal of Cromer Academy, which in 2017 Ofsted judged to be Good with Outstanding leadership and behaviour and the school is now in the top 5% of schools nationally for student progress. The experiences I have had in the different schools that I have worked have shown me that there is no one size fits all approach to school leadership. Over the forthcoming weeks I will be meeting with all staff and students to locate Cansfield High School’s areas of strengths and areas for development. I will also be announcing some dates when you can come and meet me personally in the next few weeks and hear about how we are planning to move the school forward.
In the meantime please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or queries and I look forward to working with you over the forthcoming years.
Dr Geoff Baker, Headteacher