Headteacher’s Newsletter to Parents 23/09/19
Welcome to the new school year at Watergate! Apologies that it has taken me three weeks to write to you, but I am sure you will understand how much there is to do and to find out as a newcomer to Lewisham. I am so excited to be here as Watergate’s interim headteacher and am very much looking forward getting to know your children and to meeting with you. To briefly introduce myself: I am an experienced special school leader. My last school was a 52 week residential school for children with severe, complex and challenging needs, many of
whom had an autism diagnosis. Almost all of my 30 year teaching career has been in special education and I am also a qualified play therapist. My passion is for truly child-centered learning: by which I mean education that that is completely focused on the needs of each individual child. I also have a grown-up son who has autism, so I experience the challenges of getting the right support from the perspective of a parent.