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Haverstock headteacher is leaving after three years

The school are looking for a replacement as departing head moves to Malaysia

16 March, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

James Hadley

The headteacher at Haverstock School is stepping down and taking up a new role in Malaysia.

James Hadley has been at the top job at Haverstock for three years but the school are now looking for a replacement.

He will leave the school at the end of the academic year to take up a headship at an international school in Malaysia.

Mr Hadley said: “The difficult decision to stand down was taken as a result of a desire to live abroad with my young family before they reach secondary school age. It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave this wonderful school after three fantastic years as Headteacher.”

The school moved from Ofsted rating ‘Required Improvement’ from when Mr Hadley started to ‘Good’ at its inspection last year.

The Miliband brothers and former MP Oona King are among alumni at the school. Footballers John Barnes, Marlon Harewood and Joe Cole are also ex-pupils.

Mr Hadley added: “The Haverstock community is truly amazing and I will sorely miss interacting with our students and parents when I leave. The school is in a very strong position having been highly commended by Ofsted and seen a dramatic improvement in results in recent years.

“I have been incredibly lucky to work with such a committed and talented group of colleagues both at the school and across Camden who I know will work tirelessly with the new Headteacher to ensure that the school goes from strength to strength in the coming years.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the new head to ensure a seamless transition of leadership at the school.”

Alison Lowton, chair of governors at the school, said: “The Governing Body is hugely appreciative of the dedicated and effective leadership which James has provided over the last three years. Whilst we are sad that he is leaving, we know that the school will continue to go from strength to strength as there is a fantastic basis on which the new head can build.

“The important thing now is for the governing body to ensure that the transition to a new head is as smooth as possible so we sustain the enormous improvement which James has led. In partnership with Camden Learning, the governing body has already developed a plan for the appointment of the new head. The school exists to serve our community of students and parents so they will be fully involved in the process of making such an important decision.”

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