Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre Appoints New Headteacher

Daniel Gee has been appointed as the new Headteacher of The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre from September 2019.

Following Mr Knight’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the summer term, Mr Gee was chosen for his outstanding record as well as his vision. Ofsted employee and Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI), Mr Gee, was chosen following a rigorous selection process that included:

• An initial vote to select a short-list of five candidates
• Candidate presentations to staff, pupils and sixth form students
• A final selection panel that included School Governors and Local            Authority
• Representatives
• Interview assessment on categories including: teaching and learning,       curriculum,
• pupil welfare, finance and data analysis
• Hosting an assembly for Year 8 pupils

Commenting on the choice, Mike Perry, Chair of Governors, noted “First and foremost, we need to ensure that our school continues to develop and improve. Daniel Gee has an outstanding track record as a Headteacher (Bromfords School and Sixth Form College in Wickford and the Ramsey Academy in Halstead). This combination of his previous successful Headships and his tenure as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors made Mr Gee an outstanding candidate amongst a very high calibre of applicants.

Mr Gee, a father-of-two and University of York alumni said: “I am eager to use my previous experiences in school leadership to ensure that pupils at HRS benefit from high quality learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom. I believe that it is important to have clear and well-communicated expectations that are understood and supported by the school community. My vision for HRS is to build upon the school’s current strengths, to support its continued development and to develop and embed its continued, and very important, role in the local community. I am particularly looking forward to working with our local primary schools to ensure that pupils make a smooth transition to HRS and build upon their successes from the moment that they arrive here.

Moreover, I want pupils to develop as ‘well-rounded’ young people and to feel supported in the decisions that they make at the school– for example, in relation to their future career paths, staying safe, developing good relationships and supporting their positive mental health.”

One of the key areas that Mr Gee will prioritise is the school’s engagement with the local community. In HRS’ previous Ofsted report, the school was rated ‘Good’ and was congratulated for being ‘a happy place where most pupils enjoy their learning’. Teaching as noted as ‘enthusiastic and engaging’, with Governors and senior leaders being ‘ambitious for the school and its pupils.’