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We have had a fantastic start to the new school year and our students have hit the ground running,  producing work of an excellent standard and making outstanding progress. I particularly want to highlight our new Year 7 students who have settled in so well and are clearly enjoying their experiences at Cavendish School. I would like to thank you once again for your continued support on uniform and attendance.
Following Mr Fitzpatrick’s recent announcement, I wanted to take the opportunity to write and introduce myself, particularly to those of you who do not already know me. I have been teaching since 1996 when I started as a History teacher at Uckfield Community Technology College. Whilst there, I took on roles as Head of Year and Head of Department before undertaking a teacher exchange programme to teach at an American High School. On my return in 2005 I became Assistant Principal at Uckfield and then joined Cavendish School in September 2007 as an Assistant Headteacher. I became Deputy Headteacher here in December 2009.
As you know, Mr Fitzpatrick will be leaving at Christmas and I am currently working very closely with him to ensure a smooth transition. This is an extremely exciting time in the history of Cavendish School with significant and momentous changes on the horizon. The Governors of the school have been very clear that my primary role is to continue in our quest to become an outstanding school. This means the focus remains on the progress and development of our students in Years 7-11. My priorities will not change, and the plans I have in place for your child remain
resolute. I want to develop young people who are prepared to move on to the next stage in their lives post Cavendish, with academic qualifications that enable them to make choices and equipped with the necessary skills to make a positive contribution to the wider community.

The personnel within a school will never remain the same and are always subject to change. However, I would like to personally reassure you that the values and goals of Cavendish School are steadfast. I look forward to continue working with you in the future and wish you a restful autumn break.

Yours sincerely
Mr I M Swingler
Acting Headteacher