As we come to the end of this academic year, I wanted to thank you for your support and engagement with school yet again. It has not always been an easy year – establishing a new ‘normal’ never is! However, we have all worked together to CARE and I would love to acknowledge a few of our successes with you!
However, I do want to start this letter with an apology. The school has been severely hit with Covid illness over the weeks leading up to the end of term. It has impacted on pupil and staff attendance and, as we have been operating on a skeleton staff, some areas have been affected. For example, we were devastated to have to cancel sports day but we just didn’t have enough staff to safely look after our children at the stadium and the children staying in school. I am so sorry. Our Student Services team has been one of the areas hit most severely and I know that this has also affected normal practice. Again, I apologise and want to reassure you that I am also reviewing the platforms that we use to ensure that they are allowing you to communicate with us effectively and vice versa.
However, we still celebrated the end of the year in style with the ‘Consistently Fabulous’ Inflatables celebration on Monday, the Stretford Summer Fair on Tuesday, Trips and Fun day in school on Thursday and awards assemblies on Friday. Looking out the window today, it is really hard to believe we were sweltering in ridiculous heat just 4 days ago! What a difference a week makes.
We have also had lots of successes over the academic year as we strove to provide our SHS CARE: Community, Aspiration, Resilience and Education.
SHS is privileged to be part of our community and we take our responsibility to learn from and contribute to our community very seriously. We are grateful to have been able to work alongside so many to make a real difference for our children and our community:
Thank you to our pupils for being proud Stretfordian ambassadors, parents/carers for working with us and allowing us the privilege of caring for your children, local agencies and businesses for engaging with our school so willingly and to our neighbouring schools who work with us so openly in the knowledge that we are all working for the good of our local children.
Of course, all endings involve some change and we are saddened to be saying goodbye to the following staff and wish them every success in their next steps.
Mrs Ellie Lioudaki, Assistant Headteacher and SENDCO
Mrs Mez Munshi,Teacher of RE
Mrs Jane Lee, Teacher of History (promotion to Head of History, St Anne’s Roman Catholic School, Stockport)
Mr Carl Wood, Teacher of Geography (moving to Golborne High School)
Mr Alex McCulloch, Teacher of Science (moving to Appleton Academy)
Miss Karis Douglas, Teacher of science (moving to undertake full time Masters study)
Mrs Alicja Riley Sheldon, Teacher of Science (moving to Ellesmere Park High School)
Mrs Kellie Brook, Teacher of Science (moving to Dean Trust, Ashton on Mersey)
Mr Othman Mohammed, Teacher of Maths (relocating to London)
Mrs Claire Reedy, Teacher of English
Miss Ikra Anwar, TA (to undertake PGCE)
Miss Sophie Singleton, TA
Miss Charlotte Law, TA (moving to teaching role)
Mrs Alka Thakar, TA (retirement)
Miss Fiona Wilson, Interventions Teacher
Mr Andrew Sztehlo, Librarian
Mr Arman Afshari–Rahimzadeh, PE Technician (PGCE course)
During the last term, we have welcomed the following colleagues to the staff team;
Mr Jordan Driffill, Teacher of Maths (Vision for Education)
Mr Josh Dickson, Teacher of English, University of Manchester PGCE
Miss Megan Healey, Teacher of English, University of Manchester PGCE
Mr Stephen Gresty, Head of Business & Computing (St Christopher’s CofE High, Accrington)
Mrs Rita Dixon, Student Services Officer
Miss Jodi Blissett, Miss Stephanie Massey, Mrs Iyrena McGuigan, Miss Saba Rizwan, Miss Henna Bari, Mrs Amanda Handley, Teaching Assistants
In September, we will be joined by;
Mrs Donna Howard, PA to the Headteacher
Ms Rachael Southern, Teacher of English (Bates Wells Solicitors)
Mrs Jennifer Monk, Head of Geography (Golborne High School)
Miss Safwah Elmahdi, Teacher of English (MMU PGCE)
Miss Amirah Shameem, Teacher of Humanities (MMU PGCE)
Mrs Yvonne Adeyemi, Vocational Technician
I wish you and your families a restful simmer.
With Kind regards,
Mrs. Nicola Doward, Headteacher