I have two pieces of important news for you in this letter, so please do take the time to read carefully.

Firstly, I am sad to tell you that Anne-Marie will be leaving LNS at the end of the summer term after 9 years with us as class teacher, and latterly as leader for Later Years. She has decided that it is time to take stock of her future and to take a bit of a break from the hard work and demands of being a class teacher. During her time at LNS she has helped to shape the school’s ethos and championed our approach. She has been an active and involved member of staff as a governor and senior teacher. She is respected, admired and loved as a class teacher and will, I know, be much missed. There is much more to say about Anne-Marie’s significant contribution to school life and school development but we will save it for when she leaves. I hope that we can make Anne-Marie’s final term positive, happy, fulfilling and memorable.

Secondly, I am changing my role at LNS. I am stepping away from my headship into a new role as consultant for the school. This will take effect from the start of the Summer Term, after the Easter holidays. As many of you will know, I have needed to spend more time as a carer for my family in recent months. As a consequence, I have found it increasingly difficult to give sufficient time to my role as head. During these tricky times, the warmth and love I have received from the school community have enabled me to continue as head for as long as I have. I feel genuinely privileged to have been trusted to lead such an extraordinary and important school but I am sadly no longer in a position to give as much time and attention as it deserves.

Whilst I regret having to step away from the headship of the school I am very pleased that Alison, as an experienced head in her own right, has kindly agreed to take on the interim headship whilst a new head is recruited. We all know that significant change in a small community can be upsetting but staff, governors and I are committed to working together to ensure a smooth and positive transition. I will continue to be employed by the school for one day a week to support the development of our approach and practice.

Our recent Whole School Meetings have demonstrated that our community is passionate about our vision for education. Governors and Trustees will be calling on this collective energy and expertise to help take the school through this next phase of its development. I can assure you that I will be walking alongside you throughout this transition. Linda