Pupils help choose new prin­ci­pal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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