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Headteacher Announcement

Dear parents / carers


I have written numerous letters over the years but this one is without doubt the most difficult of them all.


Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that after 14 years at Drapers Mills Primary Academy, 6 years as headteacher, I will shortly be leaving - my last day will be on Friday 10th June. 


I am deeply saddened to be leaving as I have had the most amazing experience in my time at the school. The children are amazing! Not a day goes by without them making me smile. It has been an absolute privilege to see how they develop in their time with us and it’s always lovely to see them return for visits once they move on to Secondary School. They have made an extremely challenging role an extremely rewarding one for me. They make me extremely proud and I know they will all go on to do great things.


To all of our Drapers Mills parents, I cannot thank you enough for the support and loyalty you have shown me over the years. The relationship we have built has allowed positive, constructive communication to take place between home and school which can only have enhanced the child’s school experience. Together we have enabled the children to be the best they can be and given them the opportunity to develop into young adults that our community will be proud of.


I have so many things to be grateful for - not many Headteachers have the experience of having an entire staff team that they love working with. They all work extremely hard to give the best they can to our pupils. They make it a joy to come into work each day and I will miss this extended family. I have also been surrounded by a leadership team who saw my vision and worked with me to make it happen. I know at times it has not been easy, but even through the tough times we’ve always managed to see the positives and keep a smile on our faces. They truly are making a difference.  


Upon our return from the half term break, Sam Atkinson from Dame Janet Academy will be supporting the school as an Executive Headteacher with Kathleen Davis from Napier Community Primary Academy in Gillingham taking over as interim headteacher. They will both be positive additions to our already fantastic team and although I am sad to be leaving I am excited about the future for the school and look forward to its successes.


I wish the Drapers Mills family all the very best, I will miss you all!


Joe Manclark