Dear parents and carers

I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from my post at Ivanhoe College, and also my role at Ibstock Community College, at the end of the summer term this year. I am giving governors sufficient notice so that we can ensure a smooth transition to new leadership, and we are currently advertising for a Headteacher for Ivanhoe College to start in the Autumn Term 2020.

I feel honoured to have been the Principal and now Executive Headteacher at Ivanhoe for the last 11 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the journey we have been on during this time. Over the last two years I have also really enjoyed having the opportunity to lead Ibstock Community College alongside my work at Ivanhoe and I am pleased to see the progress of students in both schools and the continued development of the leadership and staff teams.

I know that both schools are well placed for the next steps that we have been working towards: age range change to 11-16 and working together in a multi academy trust. Although these changes are taking longer than we anticipated I am confident that we will find a way forward in this complex process. I can confirm that it is very much our intention at Ivanhoe College to change from an 11-14 school to an 11-16 school as soon as it is possible, so that young people in our area can attend their successful local secondary schools continuously until they take their GCSEs.

The recruitment process for the new Headteacher is expected to be complete in April 2020 and we will inform you of the outcome in due course. In the meantime it is very much ‘business as usual’ at Ivanhoe College and, as ever, we continue to work hard to ensure success for all our students in their learning and other activities.

Yours faithfully,

Anne-Marie Blewitt

Executive Headteacher

13 Feb 2020

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