A sad farewell
Regrettably for Woodford International School, our Acting Head of School, Ms Rachel MacKinnon, has been offered a compelling new international school leadership opportunity in Europe. Unfortunately for the students, staff and community of Woodford, this means Ms MacKinnon will finish in her current role on Friday 11 August 2017.
The Board, on behalf of the whole School Community, thanks Ms MacKinnon for her many contributions to the school over the last two years – as PYP Coordinator, Deputy Head for Learning and, since December 2016, as Acting Head of School. Ms MacKinnon has worked tirelessly and effectively in stewarding the school through a challenging period and we thank her for her efforts, her commitment and the significant value she has contributed to all aspects of the school. We are stronger as a school now than we were this time last year, and Ms MacKinnon has provided a strong foundation on which to build our school going forward. We wish her all the best in her new role.
Woodford will welcome Mr Anthony Baron as the new Head of School on 28 August 2017. Mr Baron has made a minimum three-year commitment to the School, recognising that we need stability as we introduce the new Cambridge A Levels senior school curriculum next year and continue to improve the quality and systems at Woodford. Mr Baron and Ms MacKinnon are in regular discussions to ensure a smooth transition of school management roles and responsibilities and the Leadership Team is ready and able to fill the brief gap between Ms MacKinnon’s departure and Mr Baron’s arrival, supported by the Board.
A concurrent strength and challenge of life in international schools is the relatively high ‘turnover’ of teachers and students – each new person brings fresh ideas, energy and perspectives but each farewell brings a touch of sadness too. As a Board, we are mindful that Ms MacKinnon’s departure could be challenging for some students and teachers, who will miss her greatly. If you feel your child is struggling to adjust, please reach out to their class teacher so they can help to support your child through the transition period.
At our meeting on 29 July, Board members thanked Ms Rachel MacKinnon for her service to the Board as Acting Head of School. We also elected Ms Bernadette Ombu to take over as Secretary of the Board.
Policy Development – draft fraud policy
In 2016, the Board adopted the school’s first ‘strategic policies’ to support efficient, fair and transparent administration of the school. Our first Strategic Policies Compendium addressed key school management and governance issues but the Board is committed to further developing and refining the compendium to strengthen the school. At our meeting on 29 July, the Board agreed to publish a draft Fraud Policy (emailed to parents) for public consultation. The Board welcomes comments and suggestions from parents, students and teachers on how to improve the policy. After considering feedback on the draft policy, the Board intends to refine the policy with a view to adopting it at the next Board meeting on 30 August.
Please send any comments or suggestions on the draft policy to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 August. The Board aims to publish consultation drafts of child protection and fundraising policies following its next meeting.
Get in touch
As always, the WIS Board welcomes your comments and suggestions – please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com, or any one of us in person – we would love to hear from you.