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Interim Principal appointed

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Interim Principal appointed


Verona Tomlin has been appointed Interim Principal at La Mare de Carteret High School, after being promoted from her current role as Deputy Head Teacher.

Mrs Tomlin has worked at the school for eight years already and will now be in charge for the next two academic years in an 'Interim role'.

She will succeed Vicky Godley in the role, as she is moving to St Sampson’s High School to be Interim Principal there, from September.

Mrs Tomlin said she is looking forward to stepping into the role. 

"La Mare de Carteret High School holds a special place in my heart as it is where I have really learnt how to be an effective senior leader. We have a fantastic school community and I am proud to be able to lead it from September. I have received so much support from students, colleagues and parents during my eight years here and I look forward to continue working with them all." 

Vicky Godley St Sampson's High Martin Haimes Les Beaucamps

Pictured: (l) Vicky Godley and (r) Martin Haimes. 

The two women have been appointed to their new roles on an interim basis, along with Martim Haimes who has been re-appointed as Interim Principal at Les Beaucamps High School and Keiran James who is Head Teacher of the Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre, while a review of the planned transformation of secondary education is carried out.

The planned move to a one school over two sites model had seen Mrs Godley appointed as Principal of the college which was to incorporate St Sampson's and La Mare de Carteret high schools, while Mr James was to be be Principal over the college incorporating Grammar and Les Beaucamps.

While work to introduce the Lisia School model is subject to a 'pause and review', Guernsey will instead retain four indepdendent secondary schools which are to be run as a federated model, with the four head teachers in place from September onwards.

Liz Coffey kieran james Vicky Godley

Pictured: Liz Coffey, Kieran James and Vicky Godley.

Although the four secondary schools all remain open with their own Principal, the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture said they are increasingly operating as a single organisation – as directed by the States in 2018 and 2020 – under the overall leadership of Executive Head Teacher Liz Coffey.

Ms Coffey welcomed the appointment of Mrs Tomlin as Interim Principal at La Mare de Carteret High School and said she looks forward to working more closely with her over the next two years.

"I have had the pleasure of watching Verona develop into an accomplished school leader during her time as Deputy Head Teacher. Dedicated and committed, she is ready for this next stage in her career. I am delighted Verona will lead La Mare de Carteret and confident she will make a significant contribution to the leadership of secondary education in the island."

Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of ESC, said he was pleased with Mrs Tomlin's appointment, and how her role will fit into the wider review of secondary education. 

"Verona has been a key figure at La Mare de Carteret and I am sure her appointment will be welcomed by students, staff, parents and carers. The school will remain in very good hands from September when Vicky Godley moves to lead St Sampson’s High. I wish Verona every success. This was a very important appointment as we finalise the interim leadership team for the next couple of years, during which time we will complete the review of secondary education models directed by the States and begin transition plans to whichever model the Assembly chooses."

Pictured top: Verona Tomlin is the Interim Principal of La Mare de Carteret High School.

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