Pupils help choose new principal
PUPILS were given a major say in the selection of their school’s new principal.
Sally Lees will leave her role as head teacher of Dover Boys’ Grammar School in July next year to join Tenterden’s Homewood School as the replacement for current principal William Cotterell who is retiring.
Mrs Lees’ appointment comes after an exhaustive selection process, in which students played a key role.
Mr Cotterell said: “Students are the one of the most important aspects of Homewood School so the governing body decided to include them as much as possible in the process.
“Eighty students from across the school were nominated to listen to presentations made in the Sinden Theatre by all five shortlisted candidates and were then asked to respond electronically using the Quizdom feedback system.
“Questions about different aspects were asked – such as clarity, communication and does this person inspire you?
“The data was then collated and fed back to the governing body through a series of graphical presentations.”
Mr Cotterell added: “The head boy, Callum Draper and head girl, Kasia Nwansi were asked to participate in the lengthy final interviews on the last day and played a full part in the decision making process.
“Their insight was extremely valuable to the governors in helping them make the decision.”
Jill Kirk, chair of governors said the duo’s maturity in speaking on behalf of fellow students was very helpful to the governors in making their final choice.
New principal Sally Lees