Staffing – structure and appointments
Following confirmation of the leadership structure and the appointments at Head and Deputy Head level, we can now confirm the remainder of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
The following staff have been appointed at Assistant Head level:
These roles commence from September 2023, and the current staff structures remain in place for this academic year. All of our colleagues across teaching and operations will be closely involved in our ongoing planning during the course of the next year.
We are very pleased to confirm that Leigh Ware, one of the most experienced members of our Boarding team, and currently Houseparent of Browne House and interim Deputy Head (Pastoral), has been appointed as SES Head of Boarding. This is a new role which will oversee all aspects of our boarding provision. Mr Ware will combine this role with his other roles during this academic year, before focusing solely on Head of Boarding from September 2023. He introduces himself below:
“I have been teaching for 17 years in total, 14 of which have been at Stamford Endowed Schools. I’ve been a boarding Housemaster for 11 years and never lost a game of table-tennis on the house table; there is even a standing bet of a round of pizzas for the whole house if anyone beats me! When I first became a teacher, I gained a place on the Government’s Fast Track teacher programme as well as winning a Gatsby scholarship at Cambridge University which eventually allowed me to gain a Master’s Degree in Education. More recently, I have led the boarding community through the Covid-19 pandemic; a time in which the bravery and resolve of students, particularly those living internationally, as well as the boarding staff supporting them was nothing short of heroic. My family and I have two dogs (Hungarian Vizslas called ‘Nigel and Dillon’) and one of our ‘happy places’ is walking holidays in the Peak District. I also love to travel and count visiting the Galapagos Islands, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus & Stok Kangri, white water rafting the Zambezi River and completing my ski instructor qualifications in Canada as some unforgettable life experiences.”
The summer holidays saw the completion of the first phase of new facilities in preparation for the move to co-education. We are pleased to report that the toilet facilities at LMS and changing rooms at the squash courts are already in use and have been very well received by students and staff. Focus has now very actively turned to planning for projects that will take place over the next year. This includes the extension of the St Paul’s science block and refurbishment work at St Martins to create the new 6th Form Centre
Staff training and integration
The first phase of staff training and integration got underway at our start of year INSET as we shared details of the extensive training and development programme planned for colleagues. The initial focus will be on team building as new teams form from both schools continue to plan for September 2023. To this end we are rolling out the Insights Discovery psychometric tool already used by senior teams across SES. Subject departments will be amongst the first teams to benefit. We are also investing in a coaching culture programme.
This week’s priorities
We are currently finalising the staffing at Head of Department, Head of Year, Head of House and Assistant Head of House level which we will announce once all contractual arrangements are in place. Sharing plans with staff and inviting their input continues to be a priority with a variety of communication forums launching this week. Open Day planning is also an immediate focus as we embark on the admissions cycle for families joining SES in September 2023.
We are finalising the arrangements for the transition afternoons, the first of which is on 26th September. Plans include a carousel of activities designed to build familiarity with the relevant school site, key staff and each other in advance of September 2023. You will receive details of your child’s transition plan once the finer details are concluded and we will be talking to the students about what to expect as each date approaches.
Over the course of this half term, we will be finalising the school timetable and will be reporting back on timetabling, and the associated points, such as shape of the school day, in the second half of term.
Keeping you updated
The next update will be issued on Thursday 22 September.
If you have any questions regarding the transition process, you can write to us at email@example.com.