This is a copy of the letter sent to all parents and carers.
15 November 2019
Dear parents and carers,
I am writing to you to let you know that Helen Fortes is stepping down from her role as headteacher at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk. Helen has shown such commitment to our students and the staff team at the academy over the last two years. She has decided that it is time to move on as she wishes to have a better work–life balance.
Helen will be much missed by all of us – staff, students and their families. Helen played an instrumental part in the development of Olive AP Academy – Suffolk since it opened in June 2017. She has left the academy in a stronger position, ready for its next stage of development.
As Executive Headteacher of the academy, I will continue this work supported by our experienced Deputy Headteacher, Sue Cox and our fantastic staff team. The trust has also appointed an additional highly experienced Deputy Headteacher, Michelle Simmonite. Michelle has worked with Olive Academies for over a year and brings a wealth of relevant leadership experience working in similar settings. Together we will ensure that there is continuity in support for all our students. We share a determination to improve the lives of our students, giving them the very best chance to be successful and achieve their ambitions.
Sue, Michelle and I are looking forward to meeting with parents/ carers over the coming weeks and continuing Helen’s great work at the academy. We will be arranging our next parents and carers’ forum meeting at the academy later this term. All parents and carers are always warmly welcomed at these informal drop-in sessions at the academy. Sue, Michelle and I will be at the next forum event should you have any queries or would like to chat with us.
You can also contact the academy office if you would like to make an appointment to meet any of us or to arrange a visit to the academy.
I hope you will join me in wishing Helen all the best for the future and thank her for all her hard work at the academy.
Mark Vickers, Executive Headteacher at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk
Chief Executive, Olive Academies