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It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that Mr Applegate will be leaving us at the end of the Summer Term to take up the post of Head Teacher at St Mark’s CoE Primary School, Basingstoke.
Mr Applegate has had 5 very successful years at Kings Furlong Junior School and we have been very fortunate to have had him here. In those 5 years he has transformed the school into a great place for children to come and learn. I am always amazed at how polite, hardworking and willing to learn our pupils are and this is in no small measure down to Mr Applegate’s leadership.
St Mark’s is a 3-form entry primary so this move is a big step in his career. I know that this was an extremely hard decision for Mr Applegate to make and that he is sad at the thought of moving on; relationships have always been key for him, and this makes the move all the more difficult. He is very proud of all that the pupils, staff, parents and governors have achieved together, and rests in the confidence that the school will continue to move forward in the secure place it is in. I know that governors, staff, pupils and parents will be very sad to see him go. I also know that as parents you may be disappointed with this news but I know that you will join with me to wish him every success in his new school. He will of course continue to give his very best until he leaves, and there will be a very thorough handover process.
The Governing Body, with the support of Hampshire Local Education Authority, will be working to appoint a new Head Teacher to start in January 2018. You will be pleased to know that Miss Dunn will be our Acting Head Teacher from September 2017; Miss Dunn knows our school very well, and we are certainly in safe hands.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me through the school office.
V A Cottrell
Chair of Governors