Firstly, let me welcome you all back to school after what has hopefully been a wonderful and relaxing family break, or an exciting and fun-filled adventure on the ski trip to Italy for those of you who were there.

As I start out in my new role as Head of NGHS I need to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Gorham for paving the way in what promises to be an exciting time ahead, and also to congratulate Mrs Handford-Smith on her appointment as Deputy Head.

Saying goodbye to Sue at the end of last term was a bittersweet experience for all of us and many tears were shed, some of sadness and many of laughter at great memories shared. The wonderful performances across the whole school at her final assembly, and the fabulous array of gifts and good wishes received were a testament to her success and popularity among the staff, girls and parents alike. Stepping into her shoes is an honour and a privilege and I look forward to continuing the championing of the all girls’ education that we pride ourselves on and continue to provide exclusively.

I feel very lucky to have had the chance to familiarise myself with girls, staff and procedures at both the Infant and Junior School in my role as Acting Executive Head there since September, and my prior role as Deputy Head of the whole School – it’s a truly special place, one I will be incredibly proud to lead.

Sue and I have been working closely together, particularly in the past year, to ensure the transition will be seamless. My goal as Head remains the same as always – to give each girl the opportunities and support she needs to become the best she can be.

I wish Sue all the very best in her retirement and look forward to an exciting and successful future for all of us here at Nottingham Girls’ High School.