For all of us who have a personal and heartfelt connection with Peacehaven Community School, the past eighteen months have been both challenging and impressively reassuring.
Strong leadership and enterprising teamwork in every area have ensured that teaching and learning and the well-being of students and staff have proved resilient, purposeful and creative. We will have an opportunity at the end of this school year to show our appreciation of the key role Mr Warner-Swann has played in these eighteen months.
The next step is to build successfully on our experience, recognising what can be extended imaginatively and what new elements need to be developed without compromising the values and vision that give our school its special character. Balancing continuity with freshness of strategic vision is not easy, so we are particularly happy that Rachel Henocq emerged as outstanding from a strong and extensive field of candidates as our next headteacher. As many of you will know, her commitment to and understanding of Peacehaven Community School have been developed over time as teacher, department leader and, most recently, as deputy head.
Her experience has covered academic achievement, pastoral care and the safety and well-being of students and staff. It has been clear, however, that she will not now be resting on her laurels. She has presented us with an exciting and dynamic vision for this school’s further evolution as a centre for life-long learning in the wider community as well as a centre for its students’ academic and vocational achievement.
The respect and affection with which Rachel Henocq is regarded by staff have been clear to see. I know that I also speak for the Swale Trust and for my fellow governors for PCS when I say how much we are looking forward to working with her in her new role.
Chair of Governors