Head teacher to stand down at the end of year

PUBLISHED: 10:10 06 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:24 06 February 2019

Simon Knight will retire at the end of this academic year. Picture: ARCHANT

Simon Knight will retire at the end of this academic year. Picture: ARCHANT


The head teacher of Helena Romanes School has announced his plans to retire at the end of the academic year.

Simon Knight’s successor is expected to be announced by the end of March.

Mr Knight, who will retire on August 31, said: “This is the most difficult decision I have had to take as I do so with such sadness in my heart. It has not been an easy decision as I still get enormous pleasure and satisfaction from the job, and it continues to be an honour and a privilege to be the head teacher of this school.

“However, after 29 years, nearly 16 of them as head, it is time to hand the baton of leading the school on to someone else.”

“I will miss everything about the school - the students who engage with me every day with their amazing contributions, good humour and achievements; the parents, many of whom I taught and who have been so supportive; and of course my outstanding staff and the governing body. I feel I will be passing Helena Romanes over to a new head with the school in a very positive and healthy position.”

Mr Knight started teaching PE at Helena Romanes in January 1987 and became head of PE and a senior teacher before leaving to become vice-principal at the Colne Community School and College in Brightlingsea. He returned to Helena Romanes as head teacher in January 2004. Mr Knight also chairs the Essex Consortium for School Improvement.

Mike Perry, chairman of governors at the school, said: “We are very sorry to be losing Simon. As head of Helena Romanes, Simon has had a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning at the school. His dedication and commitment and his focus on the key issues affecting education have meant that a very strong foundation has been laid for the continued success of the school.”

In his time at Helena Romanes, Mr Knight has overseen four Ofsted inspections, with the school achieving a ‘good’ rating in the last two inspections.

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