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Principal's Welcome

Principal's WelcomeI’d like to wish you a very warm welcome to Haberdashers’ Hatcham College. My name is Rob Thomas and I’m the interim Principal; I’ve been in teaching for over 40 years and had retired but jumped at the chance of working at the college. Having worked in neighbouring Greenwich for 29 years including 9 as the head of Thomas Tallis School I am very familiar with the Haberdashers’ family of schools and the standing the college has within its local community. I have been a headteacher for over 20 years so do bring some experience to the table but also know that each school is unique and the best way to work out how to build on the success achieved to date is by talking to the students and staff.

I’d like to wish you a very warm welcome to Haberdashers’ Hatcham College. My name is Rob Thomas and I’m the interim Principal; I’ve been in teaching for over 40 years and had retired but jumped at the chance of working at the college. Having worked in neighbouring Greenwich for 29 years including 9 as the head of Thomas Tallis School I am very familiar with the Haberdashers’ family of schools and the standing the college has within its local community. I have been a headteacher for over 20 years so do bring some experience to the table but also know that each school is unique and the best way to work out how to build on the success achieved to date is by talking to the students and staff.

Since arriving in February, I have spent a lot of time visiting classrooms and have been hugely impressed by the engagement and enthusiasm of our young people. Equally, the staff at the college are unstinting in their efforts to give our young people the best possible life chances. Together we are committed to creating a learning environment which is of the highest standard. As teachers, our first job is to deliver excellent lessons which enable all of our students to achieve their full potential but our offer is more than that; we offer a breath of experience which allows students to excel in a wide variety of areas. We recently put on our first production in over 2 years; our Spring concert was a very joyous occasion which showcased the musical talent of our students and staff. I have to say that it was the best schools’ musical production I have witnessed in my lengthy teaching career. It also epitomised the way in which students and staff collaborate at the college.

We are fortunate to have a flourishing 6th Form who are role models to the younger years; the prefects also give freely of their time to mentor younger students which is very well received. We have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme which enables many students to experience the great outdoors.

Our 6th formers leave us and head off in various directions- to Oxford, Cambridge, Russell group universities and a wide range of tertiary pathways. Whatever their destination, we pride ourselves on giving them the best possible careers advice and guidance to make sure their choices are the ones best suited to them.

I hope I have conveyed the passion and enjoyment which I feel about leading the college; it really is a special place. My time here will be relatively short because Jan and the trust are actively looking to find the right person to lead the college forward in the coming years. However, I am totally committed to making sure I leave it in the best possible place when I eventually hand over the reins and I will be here until that time comes.

Rob Thomas
Interim Principal
Haberdashers’ Hatcham College

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