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Holmleigh Park High School

Letter from the Head, 5th July 2019

Mr Parnell - Interim Headteacher 

Dear Parents / Guardians

I will keep my update brief this week as Patrick Farmbrough, Head from 1stSeptember, has been in school this week and has written to you also.

I did want to note a few highlights though, with an Art and Photography trip to the Bristol docklands and a Geography trip the Purbecks in Dorset, a brilliant prom and a highly successful Year 6 induction day, it has been a busy week!

It was a real pleasure to welcome the Year 6’s and I was really impressed with their behaviour while they were here, and with their enthusiasm for joining our school in September.

Finally, I wanted to share some news regarding a long term member of staff. We are sorry to announce that Clare Hankey will be leaving Holmleigh Park High School at the end of this term following her decision to consider a more favourable work life balance.

Mrs Hankey had the following message: “I have worked at Beaufort Co-operative Academy, formerly Beaufort Community School and latterly Holmleigh Park High School since 2004. During this time I have worked with many amazing students and staff. I would like to thank the staff who have been so supportive during this difficult time and Greenshaw for their kindness and compassion in allowing me to make this decision. I am looking forward to seeing the school flourish and reach the potential that it always had with such a great staff body”

We wish her all the best.

With warm regards

Ben Parnell 

Interim Headteacher 

Mr Farmbrough - Headteacher (September 2019)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I'm writing to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Holmleigh Park High School from 1st September 2019.

I visited the school on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and it was wonderful to spend some time getting to know the staff and students. 

I particularly enjoyed visiting lessons; I was very impressed with the students' behaviour, and am happy to report that all of the lessons I visited were disruption-free. Every student I met was quick to tell me that they are now learning more in their lessons as a result of our high expectations. It was also a real pleasure to visit several reading sessions. It was wonderful to see students engaging with a wide range of challenging and culturally significant books. 

I was very happy to welcome Ms Naomi Leech, who joins us as an Assistant Principal. Ms Leech will be working particularly closely with our Year 11 and 13 groups next year to ensure they have the best possible chance of success in their exams. 

It was a real pleasure to speak to our new Year 7 parents on Wednesday evening, and to welcome our new Year 7 students for their induction day on Thursday. They were absolutely brilliant, and we're all very looking forward to them joining us in September. 

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you in September, and will be writing again then with details of the Meet the Head evenings I will be holding. In the meantime, I wish you and your children a happy end of year, and a very pleasant summer holiday.

Yours sincerely

Patrick Farmbrough