Thursday 28th April 2022
I write this message from a very quiet campus, during the February half-term break. As I look out of my office window, I see the empty space that is usually filled with the buzz of students, chatting between lessons. My reflections this morning are about our very special community. Throughout my time as Principal, I have often said, ‘It’s the people that make this College great’ – an abiding truth about King Ed’s.
I arrived at King Ed’s as a teacher of French in 1998 and I have never waned in my enthusiasm, affection and utter devotion to the College and its community. I feel immensely privileged to have had the opportunity to work here and to develop my career in such a stimulating and supportive environment. I have grown and developed as a person because of my work here, and I hope that I have had a positive impact on those with whom I have worked and on the lives of the students I have known. I could ask for no more as an educator.
Yet, everything evolves and changes. I have taken the decision to retire and leave this wonderful college at the end of this academic year. I am delighted to inform you that the Heart of Mercia Trust, in conjunction with the local governing body of King Ed’s, has appointed Holly Bembridge to succeed me. Holly is currently Vice Principal at Sir George Monoux College in London. During the next two terms, I will be working closely with Holly to ensure a smooth transition. I look forward to her introducing herself to you in the months ahead. And, most importantly, I look forward to the last term and a half with our wonderful students!