Farewell To Healing

Mrs Addison (front, centre) with 'Team Healing' at the celebration event.

A celebration event thanked teaching and non-teaching staff leaving Healing School after "outstanding" service.

Six retirees left "Team Healing", at the end of the school year and six others went to career enhancing opportunities.

One of those retiring was Principal Ann Addison, stepping down after 11 years at the helm of the Ofsted-rated outstanding academy.

While staff had enjoyed departmental events, the whole school came together to say farewell at a "Heal-athon" event.

"It's just wonderful to get everybody together at one event," said Mrs Addison.

"I've always maintained there is no 'I' in team. What has been achieved here over recent years is because of the efforts of everybody who works at the school.

"That includes the lunchtime supervisors, finance and administration team, cleaners, and everyone else, as well as the teaching staff.

"This is a special secondary school where everybody can come together and celebrate each other's achievements."

She also looked to the future, with Principal Designate Mark Knapton taking the reins from 1st September.

"We have filled any vacancies and have some outstanding new staff coming on board in September.

"They will have wonderful new facilities to look forward to, with work on the new £3.6-million teaching block moving on at a pace over the summer.

"We leave the school in an excellent position and I know that the drive for excellence will continue."

She began her teaching career at Healing and her retirement marks the end of a 23-year association with the school.

She also thanked the parents, a first class governing body and her family for their unstinting support.

After a meal, entertainment at the Heal-athon was provided by talented singers and musicians from the staff.

Healing School - Thursday 21st August 2014