New Headteacher – Mrs Jodi Hacker

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29th March 2017

Dear Parent/Carers

New Headteacher – Mrs Jodi Hacker

Following the announcement of Mrs Hatcher’s retirement after 12 years of dedicated service to our school, the governors and I have been busy searching for a worthy successor. That search has now come to an end, and I am delighted to inform you that we have appointed Mrs Jodi Hacker to the post, and look forward to welcoming her as our new Headteacher from 1st September 2017.

I am pleased to report that our school attracted a very strong field of applicants for this position, all of whom were experienced leaders from schools in and around Kent, but it was Mrs Hacker who impressed us the most and Governors were unanimous in their decision to appoint her as our new Headteacher.

The appointment follows a very thorough application process and interview schedule that tested knowledge, skills and experience in all areas of headship. In addition to the presentations and interviews with the governor panel, the School Council and Act of Worship Assembly audiences also played their part in the interview day. The panel particularly enjoyed watching the conversations with the School Council as they quizzed candidates on a whole host of subjects that ranged from favourite deserts and books to dream jobs and why choose to work at a primary school. The children prepared all the questions themselves (and came up with a few unplanned ones along the way) and were an absolute credit to the school. On behalf of the governing body, I would like to thank everyone, staff and children, for their help and assistance in making this process a smooth one, and giving all candidates such a positive experience during the time they spent with us at school. We really couldn’t have done it without you.

Mrs Hacker is currently the Headteacher of Colliers Green Church of England Primary School, which is one of three other local partnership schools with whom we already share ideas and best practice. She was Deputy Head at Horsmonden Primary School before that. She has worked with Mrs Hatcher and Miss Rock on a number of collaborative initiatives over the years and in doing so, is already familiar with our school and known to many of our teachers. With 27 years in teaching, Mrs Hacker brings with her a wealth of experience and is keen to build on our many successes when she takes up her post in September. This is a high-profile appointment and we are confident that Mrs Hacker will take our school to the next exciting stage in its development.

This is great news for our school and I am sure that you will join the Governors in welcoming Mrs Hacker to Hawkhurst Church of England Primary School. Mrs Hacker has asked me to let you know that she is very much looking forward to meeting you all soon.

On behalf of the Governing Body, I would also like to take this opportunity to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Mrs Hatcher for the enormous contribution she has made to the development of our school and pupils over the last 12 years. There will be further opportunities for us to celebrate Mrs Hatcher’s achievements and to say our goodbyes, but for now, I hope you will join us in celebrating this wonderful appointment and in welcoming Mrs Hacker to our school in the autumn.

With best wishes for a very happy Easter break.

Keith Paton

Mr Keith Paton
Chair of Governors