Monday 13 May 2019
I hope you all had a relaxing Easter break and that the summer term has started well for you.
I’d firstly like to introduce myself as the new Chair of the Governing Board, having joined the board back in September of last year. It is a true privilege to have been given this opportunity to work so closely with the fantastic staff at St. John’s, and to be able to contribute - along with the rest of the governing board – to the education and wellbeing of the most important people in our community.
As you know, at the beginning of this year our current headteacher – Marilyn Borlase – submitted her resignation. Marilyn has been, and remains, a true force of nature, having orchestrated the move to our beautiful new premises and – with the support of each of you - propelling St. John’s to the top 3% in England in respect of pupil improvement between KS1 and KS2, among many other excellent results.
We are tremendously lucky to have benefitted from Marilyn’s dedication over the last 16 years, and while we will miss her greatly, I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing her the very best as she heads off on a very well-deserved retirement.
One of my first tasks as Chair was to oversee the recruitment process for our new headteacher. A group of five governors was convened into a recruitment panel, and along with support from Ealing Council, we put in place a rigorous recruitment and selection procedure to ensure that we have the strong and experienced leadership the school needs for its journey of continuous improvement.
It is a mark of the school’s quality and reputation that it received an almost unprecedented number of high quality applicants, and to choose between them was exceptionally challenging. However, the recruitment panel came to a unanimous conclusion and I am pleased to confirm that Mr Milan Stevanovic – our new headteacher - has been signed up to commence in the Autumn Term.
I will leave Mr Stevanovic’s full introduction to a later date, but in the meantime I am proud to say that his exceptionally experienced and highly praised track record positions the school very well to continue on its mission of continuous improvement, and to give each and every pupil the best start to their education.
Chair of Governors