Support for King Henry School, Bexley

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Like me, you will have been delighted to read The Halley’s exceptional Ofsted report from July. It is now one of the most highly acclaimed secondary schools in Greenwich under Ofsted’s new, more demanding framework. I attach another link to the report here.

Over the past few weeks, we have been receiving GCSE and Post-16 results for 2022, the first time that pupils have sat national examinations since 2019. These results show dramatic improvements over that same period of time since The Halley joined Leigh Academies Trust (LAT).

Based on its continuing strong reputation, the Trust has now been invited by the government to support another secondary school in difficulty. This time King Henry School (KHS) in Bexley. Based on his excellent leadership, Mr Dixon has agreed to lead that school over a temporary period in addition to his role as Principal and remaining in full charge at The Halley. This will provide the Trust with time to decide whether KHS should join LAT as a full member from early-2023.

Given the strength in depth amongst staff and leaders at The Halley, we are confident that Mr Dixon can lead both schools and that the trajectory of improvement will continue unhindered. When Mr Dixon is not on site, Miss Sharma, Deputy Principal, will be responsible for day-to-day operations, ably supported by our three Heads of School, Mrs Cronin, Mr Stevens and Mr Russell.

We will keep you updated about these developments. For now, it remains very much business as usual at The Halley as we begin the new school year and the academy continues from strength to strength.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Beamish
Chief Executive