Headteacher’s shock resignation at William Ellis School
BREAKING: Famous boys school sees Sam White leave after ten years at helm
05 March, 2020 — By Richard Osley
Sam White at an event with Camden Council leader Georgia Gould last year
PARENTS at one of north London’s best known secondary schools were left stunned today (Thursday) after being sent a message informing them that its headteacher has resigned.
Sam White has been in charge of William Ellis School in Parliament Hill School for almost a decade but governors said in an email to parents and guardians that they had accepted his resignation.
The timing has left the school constructing an interim arrangement with deputy head Izzy Jones to take the reins on acting basis for the start of the next academic. Sue Higgins, a former headteacher at Parliament Hill School, will work with her as a consultant.
Fiona Millar, the school’s chair of governors, said in her email to families, said: “He has been a powerful role model for staff and students, always leading with humanity and dignity, which in the current highly competitive and at times challenging world of state education isn’t always easy.”
She added that governors “fully understand the reasons why he feels it is time to step down” but did not expand further on what they were.
Ms Millar, an education journalist and former Downing Street aide during Labour’s time in power, said: “I know that some of you will feel disappointment, possibly concern, about the change of leadership at the school, especially at a time when we know schools across the country are facing huge challenges. But I want to reassure everyone that the success and well-being of the school community remains our top priority.”
Hampstead Secondary School in Westbere Road, West Hampstead, is also looking for a new headteacher after Jacques Szemalikowski – the longest serving secondary headteacher currently in post – announced plans to retire.