Today marked a new beginning in lots of ways.
For various reasons that I’ll explore at another time, as of Friday 20th, I am no longer the Headteacher at Highbury Grove School. I wish everyone associated with the school the very best. I hope that students find joy and fulfilment in their future lives and strive to make a difference to the world. It has been an honour to work with so many wonderful young people, a genuine privilege to lead such a committed, talented group of staff and to serve the community as Headteacher.
As the school moves on, so do I. I’m not going to disappear or hide away; on the contrary, I’ll be making a return to regular blogging with a catalogue of new experiences to share and discuss. I’m also now looking to support schools through @teacherhead-consulting while I weigh up opportunities to return to Headship. I’m going to return to service with the Heads’ Roundtable and continue working with the National Baccalaureate Trust.
For numerous personal and professional reasons, I decided that my previous blog /twitter ID ‘headguruteacher’ had to die. Over the last few weeks I shut down this blog and the associated twitter account. I needed space to think. It’s been lovely – a time to watch, listen and reflect; time to decide what to do next. I didn’t want to turn it back on unchanged and, in any case, the ‘guru’ part (which started as a bit of private fun related to my time in Indonesia) has always been a bit awkward. It’s gone. I tried using @tom_sherrington but my namesake @tomsherrington and I were getting confused and it was too much trouble. Happily @teacherhead was available. It works for me. It describes what I do. It also references a frame of mind as in ‘I’ve got my teacher head on!’ But let’s not overdo it!
I’ve got various ideas for blogs brewing and I’ll unleash them soon enough. Meanwhile I’ve been overwhelmed by the flurry of recent comments and messages sent via twitter referencing the impact some of my posts have had for different people. It’s heartening to know that people value the output from this blog so I am determined to keep it going. Thank you everyone who has offered support and words of encouragement; it’s meant a great deal.
The future is now… let’s see what happens.
PS: In case you were wondering, the image at the top is just a doodle/design I’ve been tinkering with for a while; symbols that capture the things that inspire me:. Perhaps this could be the @teacherhead coat of arms! My family sits at the top; DNA, for the wonders of life and living things; pi for the physical wonders of nature – beautiful in its complexity and simplicity; infinity – for life’s infinite possibilities and the endlessness of space and time; bass clef – to represent music, a central feature of most of our lives; and the Feynman diagram. This is a particle-antiparticle annihilation/production diagram – a symbol of continual re-birth from the awe-inspiring world of particle physics.