At the start of the autumn term at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College, Headteacher, Ms Sarah Lee, announced that she would be retiring at Christmas, after 21 years at the school, and 16 of those years as Headteacher.
Remembering her first impressions of the school in 1996, Ms Lee says, ‘I was struck by the warm welcome from staff and students, the high standards of education, and the strong community spirit. There are still one or two members of staff here that remember those times, but I am sure there are parents and friends of the school who recall what it was like then. The school and the sixth form have grown in size, the buildings have been much improved, and we are a centre of excellence in Cheshire West and Chester and beyond. At the same time, I believe we have continued to build on the great qualities already at the heart of the school when I first knew it in the 1990s and in the decades before then.
‘It has been a great privilege to lead our superb High School and 6th Form College and to enjoy the inspiring support of so many students, staff, families and members of our community over the years. There has been so much to celebrate, for individuals and for the school as a whole. Highlights include the Tarporley High School 50th anniversary, our Ofsted Outstanding, and our success in winning the funding to overhaul the D Block.
‘I continue to find my job just as rewarding and exciting as ever, but there are other things I would like to do in the future, and I have therefore met with our board of governors to inform them that I will be retiring from the post of Headteacher at the end of this term.’
Ms Lee informed parents that the Academy Trust would be seeking to appoint a new Headteacher, and last week, following a rigorous selection process, the governors announced that Mr Jason Lowe would take up the post of Headteacher of Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College from 1st January 2018. Mr Lowe is currently Deputy Headteacher at Tarporley, and, prior to that, he was Director of our Sixth Form. Ms Lee and Mr Waddington, chair of governors, were thrilled by Mr Lowe’s appointment ‘We are confident that under his leadership, our school and sixth form will continue to go from strength to strength’.
Between now and the end of the autumn term, Ms Lee and Mr Lowe will be working closely together to ensure a smooth handover in the new year. Readers of Tarporley Talk can look forward to hearing more from Mr Lowe very soon. Meanwhile, Ms Lee would like to thank parents and colleagues for the many good wishes and messages of support she has been receiving over the past weeks.