Following a successful recruitment campaign, four primary school headteachers have been appointed to lead Bel Royal School, St Peter’s School, St John’s School, and St Martin’s School.
The appointments follow the retirement of several headteachers. The recruitment process drew a strong field of applicants, and led to a shortlist of nine candidates, all of whom are locally experienced school leaders. All appointees will take up their posts in September 2022.
Three of the schools are currently in successful partnership arrangements with neighbouring schools: Bel Royal with La Moye School; St Peter’s with Les Landes School, and St Martin’s with Trinity School. These partnerships will continue with these appointments.
Claire Hammond has been appointed as headteacher of Bel Royal School. She said: “I am delighted to be returning home to Jersey to take on the role of Headteacher at Bel Royal School and I look forward to building relationships with all the children and staff, as well as forging links and effective partnerships with the whole school community.”
On her appointment to her new role, Nasima Rashid (shown in the main picture) said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the new headteacher of St. Peter’s School. I am really excited about meeting and getting to know the children, staff and families of this wonderful parish, as well as the wider community. I look forward to continuing the work of Mrs Charlesworth and the St Peter’s team, to further build on the strong community links and partnership working.”
Jamie Hazley has been appointed headteacher of St John’s School, ahead of the approaching retirement of the current headteacher, Trudie de la Haye. He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as headteacher of St. John’s School. The school has an excellent reputation and I look forward to working alongside the school community to further develop and enhance the experience for the pupils.”
Chris Godden has been appointed as headteacher of St Martin’s School. This follows the former headteacher, Jenny Posner, moving to lead Samarès School in January. Chris is currently Deputy Headteacher at Trinity School. He said: “I am delighted to be appointed as headteacher of St Martin’s School. I want to thank the children, parents and staff at Trinity for their amazing support, I am very proud to have been deputy head of such a wonderful school and am excited to be able to continue the link through the growing North Partnership with St Martin’s.”
The Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Scott Wickenden, said: “My congratulations to Chris, Claire, Jamie and Nasima on their new roles. Their breadth of experience will be a real asset to these schools, at a time when I know all teachers and staff are working hard to support children to move on from the effects of the pandemic.
“I’d also like to thank Trudie de la Haye for her many years of service to Jersey’s children and congratulate her on her retirement.”
David Berry, Head of the School Improvement and Advisory Service (SIAS), who led the recruitment, said: “The strength of field and the qualities of the successful candidates are testament to a thriving community of school leaders in Jersey’s primary schools. These appointments reflect well on the candidates and on our investment in our teachers’ leadership development.”