Letter from Mr White, Headteacher
Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Retirement – Mr Jules White, Headteacher, Tanbridge House School – 31 December 2021
I am contacting you to let you know that I will be retiring as Headteacher of Tanbridge House School on 31 December 2021.
Having led Tanbridge House since January 2008, I am immensely proud of our school and extended local community. I have been privileged to work alongside a superb Leadership Team and wonderful staff body for an extended period of time. I have also been consistently very well supported by a dedicated and highly professional Governing Body.
Parents, carers and our wider community have also provided consistent support for which I remain extremely grateful. Most importantly, I have enjoyed seeing a large number of students develop and progress during their careers at Tanbridge House School. This is a unique privilege for any headteacher and one that has inspired and motivated me over time.
It is now approaching the right stage for me to move on to pastures new. In particular, I would like to spend more time with my partner Sam and our two beautiful grown up daughters, Eva and Alice. Hopefully, they will feel the same way too.
For obvious reasons, it is important to note that I shall remain in post and be fully committed to Tanbridge House School until my retirement.
In recent times I have been able to work alongside my Chair of Governors, Morgan Chambers, and my two outstanding Deputy Headteachers – Mark Sheridan and Vicky Edwards – to ensure that everything runs smoothly including the transition to a new and permanent Headteacher.
From 1 January 2022, Mark Sheridan will serve as Headteacher of Tanbridge House School on an interim basis until 31 August 2022. This will allow for the maintenance and continuity of performance and high standards which are a hallmark of our school. It will also ensure that there is plenty of time for a full appointment process for the permanent position of Headteacher to take place - probably in March / April 2022.
The Governor’s decision to offer Mark Sheridan the post of interim Headteacher is fully endorsed by Vicky Edwards and our Leadership Team. I am absolutely delighted that he has accepted this opportunity and know that, whilst he will wish to put his own stamp on things, the fundamental values that we all share – Care, Kindness and Achievement – will be very safe in his hands.
The decision to announce my retirement to you (and my colleagues earlier today) is in keeping with my desire from ‘day one’ to always act with transparency, integrity and clarity. I believe that Tanbridge House School is on a superb footing. Our foundations are very secure and we can look to the future with optimism and confidence.
With best wishes