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Mrs Hanger Resignation Letter


July 2020

Dear Parents and children of Northgate Primary School,

I will be retiring from Northgate Primary School at the end of August 2020.

I handed in my resignation at the beginning of the year after 10 years as head of this wonderful school.

Mr Michael Collins was recruited in February and his letter of introduction is now on our website.

I feel that I have left a legacy in the amazing new building which I persuaded Norfolk County Council to realise would fit in the current position. I am proud to have been part of the restructuring to a full Primary school, proud of achieving success in two Ofsted inspections and ensuring a supportive and nurturing environment for staff and pupils alike. I am pleased to have taken us into partnership with Waveney Valley Academy Trust; which will safeguard the future of this very successful school.

I am so lucky to have been able to further the education of so many young people in Great Yarmouth and I hope I have given as many as possible a capacity to strive to be the best that they can in the future.

I am extremely privileged to have worked with staff who have a drive and commitment to improving the outcomes for children in Great Yarmouth which is second to none. So many supportive people have helped to create a positive school atmosphere which is recognised and acknowledged by almost everyone who comes here.

We are undoubtedly the Best Primary School in Great Yarmouth!

I know that Mr Collins will have the support and good wishes of everyone as he enters his headship here and I wish him as successful and happy a time as I have had.

My great disappointment is to have had to experience this final term during an International Pandemic which has meant a complete change for everyone with hours of planning, sleepless nights worrying about doing the right thing for our children and staff and trying to interpret the ever changing government guidelines, some of which have changed multiple times during the same week!

I am so sorry not to be able to say goodbye properly to the children, we can have no proper end of year celebrations for anyone this year which will be an everlasting regret.

I can only hope and pray for an improved situation from September and that everyone will be safe and happy to start the new term with confidence.

Thank you for everything and good luck for continuing to grow and thrive in this fabulous school.

Best wishes from

Mrs Hanger

Head Teacher


Mr Collins Welcome Letter

July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to be able to write my first letter as the new Headteacher of Northgate Primary School and Sunflowers Nursery.

I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been chosen to continue to build upon the success the school has already achieved under the leadership of Mrs Hanger.

As I am writing this, we are still unsure what September will bring but what I do know, is that for many of us it will be a new start. Like you, we may all be learning a new routine in school, as we do, we will continue to work together to ensure the children are happy and safe.

The needs of the children are always the most important consideration in the life and decision-making within a school. I think it is crucial to involve the children and you, their families as partners in their education. I am also keen on building a whole school community which thrives on mutual respect and values positive relationships. I know how vital working in partnership with parents really is in order for children to find school a positive and rewarding experience. I also want to continue to build on the many strengths the school has had, such as our nurturing ethos and areas like PE and the Arts.

When I arrived for my interview in February, Mrs Hanger, the children and staff made me feel very at home and I feel very fortunate to be part of this school community. Along with the school, the Waveney Valley Academy Trust have been very welcoming and I look forward to working closely with them as well.

You can be assured that as Headteacher, I will strive to create the best education for your child/children whilst they are members of our school family.

I am really looking forward to getting started and meeting you all.

Yours sincerely

Mr Michael Collins

Head Teacher