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Haverstock School begins search for new headteacher

Governors announce in job ad that John Dowd will retire after 17 years in the post

16 February, 2017 — By Tom Foot

John Dowd

HAVERSTOCK School has begun the search for a new headteacher after the long-serving John Dowd’s plans to retire in the summer were announced.

The school in Chalk Farm, whose alumni include Joe Cole, John Barnes, Zoe Heller, N-Dubz and the Miliband brothers, placed an advert for the job in the Times Education Supplement on Tuesday. It said the school, currently on its half term break, was looking for an “experienced” candidate to take over from Mr Dowd, one of Camden’s most respected heads.

Raj Chada, chairman of governors, said: “John Dowd is stepping down after 17 years. He has been an inspirational head, who has transformed this school. His legacy is of a school where outcomes and progress of our students have improved, where we have a modern school building which was completely rebuilt 10 years ago and where the school is anchored in its community. This has provided us with solid foundations.”

David Miliband went back to his old school to teach sixth-formers after losing the Labour leadership contest

He added: “Whilst our alumni include famous and successful individuals from the world of politics, sport and music, we also serve some of the most disadvantaged communities in Camden. Our diversity is our strength as it gives Haverstock a strong sense of itself. We are a school community that is friendly, welcoming and a safe haven for many of our students.”

Interviews will be held early next month.

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