Michael Goodwin’s departure means that the school will now be seeking only its 12th head in a history spanning 174 years.
“I have been Head of Sibford School since 2004 and this has been the longest position I have held in my teaching career,” said Michael Goodwin. “It’s a great job and I’ve really enjoyed it, but I feel that now is the time to be thinking about passing on the baton.”
Michael Goodwin says he will be leaving the school in one of the strongest positions it has ever been in.
“Our latest ISI report recognises the ‘excellent’ standards throughout the school and states that all pupils, from the youngest through to those in Sixth Form, make good progress,” he said. “We couldn’t have achieved such an accolade without the hard work and support of our wonderful staff, governors, students and parents.
“I have complete confidence that my successor will move the school to even greater things and am pleased that I will be leaving the new Head a strong foundation on which to build.”
Michael Goodwin says that he will continue to remain as dedicated to Sibford School in the next nine months as he has been over the past 11 years.
“I will not lose sight of all the things that we do that have led to our success, and, if anything, will be looking to increase our efforts in this regard over the forthcoming months,” he said. “I will be very sad to leave Sibford School next summer, but I firmly believe that 2016 is the right time for me to retire.”
Seren Wildwood, chair of Sibford’s governing body, School Committee, said: “Although we have his services for the rest of this academic year we shall, of course, be very sad to lose Michael. He has been an excellent Head of Sibford School and we wish him and his family all the best with their move when the time finally comes.”
Seren Wildwood said the process of identifying a successor had already begun. “As a Quaker School we have a strong ethos to uphold and it is important that any new Head fully embraces our Quaker values that recognise that of God in everyone,” she said.