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Headteacher: Sophie Clarke

Summersdale Road,
West Sussex,
P019 6PP

Telephone: 01243 782475

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Posted on: 5/09/2017

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Term at Fordwater

Hello everyone and welcome back. I hope you have had an enjoyable summer! I am delighted to now be fully in post and am very excited to embark on new adventures with Fordwater school.

I have been so impressed with the staff team,  their enthusiasm, dedication and their commitment to providing the best for our pupils. We have started the autumn term with two INSET training days where staff were trained in a range of important topics including safeguarding, E-safety and health care. Staff were also given the opportunity to develop their understanding of the importance of their own well being in the workplace. 

I am delighted to introduce Kathryn Crosby who has been appointed as our interim Assistant Headteacher. Kathryn will be in post until, at least, Christmas whilst we work together to formulate the shape of the leadership team going forward into the future.

My main priority this term is to maintain stability for the school as there has obviously been a big change in the leadership team due to Sue and Pete’s retirement. I look forward to familiarising myself with daily life at Fordwater whilst establishing plans to continue the schools development. I plan to start by spending time in classes and experiencing life within the school. I am really looking forward to getting to know the pupils. 

The autumn term is always my favourite in school with lots of festivities on the horizon as summer fades and the evenings draw in. As soon as I have my feet under the table I will update the latest news with plans for activities and events for the term along with achievements and headlines as they happen.

I am committed to doing my best for Fordwater and taking the school from strength to strength, building on the great work that has gone before.  Please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to meeting you all in due course.

Posted on: 19/06/2017


As you are all aware I am retiring after 10 years as Headteacher of Fordwater School at the end of this term. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your support and best wishes and welcome your new Headteacher Sophie Clarke who has been appointed from September 2017, see message from her below.

Peter Tambini Assistant Headteacher and Suzanne Carn Swans Class Teacher are also retiring at the end of this term so September will bring lots of changes for Fordwater.

There will be a Farewell Tea Party on Wednesday 19th July from 1.45 – 3.00pm for any parents and carers who would like to come and join us for tea and cake and say goodbye to the three of us.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher at Fordwater.  I am looking forward to starting in September, getting to know your children and meeting you all.

I have worked with children with special needs all of my professional life.  Over the years I have worked my way up in a special school setting from Teaching Assistant, Teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.  For the last 10 years I have worked in a large residential school supporting young people with a range of needs and have lots of experience to bring with me to Fordwater.

I am passionate about ensuring the very best outcomes for your children and believe in working together to achieve that aim.  I hope you will find me to be positive, enthusiastic and approachable.  I believe in making every moment count for our young people and I will do everything to ensure a vibrant, fun and engaging environment for them to thrive in.

I know what an important and special place Fordwater is.  I fully intend to work with the staff and pupils, the governors and yourselves to ensure stability for the school and am excited to plan for its development into the future.” Sophie Clarke

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