Farewell from Miss Tanner, Interim Head Teacher

14 July 2017

The summer of 2017 sees the end of an era for 22 members of the Heartlands family.

This summer we are sad to say goodbye to: Mr King (SLT), Mrs Smith (SLT), Miss Bibby (Head of Art), Mrs Salter (Head of DT), Mr Everett (Head of English), Mr Lea (Head of PE), Mrs Ward (Head of Music), Mr Farooq (Head of IT), Mr Farrah, Ms Hamman, Mrs Ensell, Mrs Mottet, Miss Hawkins, Mr Herron, Mrs Davies, Ms Javaheri, Mr Williams, Miss Mahmood, Miss Bhuttay, Mrs Richards and Miss Okubena. We wish all these staff every happiness in their new positions and for the future.

It is with a heavy heart that this is the last time I address you all as a parental and student group. After 16 years of working at Heartlands, I too will be leaving this summer to take up a new position closer to home. Over the 16 years, I have been so proud to see the school move from Special Measures to Outstanding and I have felt privileged to work alongside some amazing staff and pupils.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over my time at Heartlands.

I wish you all success and I will miss you all very much.

I will leave you with these last words…

“Boldly go in the direction of your dreams. Stand tall and show the world what you are made of. When the world beats you down, find a reason to get back up again. Never give up on success. Try, try, try and try again. Remember, the only way you can ultimately fail is if you give up. Every time you fail, you come one step closer to success. When you look back on your life, don’t have regrets. Believe in yourself, believe in your future, you will find your way. The fire burning inside you that is very powerful, is waiting to burn bright. You are meant to do important things. Following your dreams can be both terrifying and exciting. Persist and persuade others about your plans, as they are real. Give it your best and your dreams will come to life. Success is yours for the taking. Go on from here and grab opportunities. Nobody can do this but you.”

Helen Tanner, 2001 – 2017, Interim Headteacher Nov 2016 – July 2017.

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