by Alex Crossman, Headteacher
These have been an exciting few weeks for The Charter School East Dulwich. We have been humbled by the sheer number of local families interested in becoming part of our founding generation. Applications for Year 7 places starting next September have been exceptionally strong. We look forward to making formal offers in the New Year.
We have also made great strides in securing our permanent home on the site of the Dulwich Community Hospital. Again, our local community provided enormous support through the consultation we ran ahead of making a formal planning application to build our temporary school buildings. Our vice chair of governors and premises lead John Godfrey will continue to update you on how that process is progressing.
But great schools need more than just great buildings. That's why we are particularly pleased this week to welcome our second member of staff to TCSED. Rebecca Hardy will join our school as Deputy Headteacher in April 2016.
Rebecca is an outstanding classroom teacher and pastoral leader. Over the past nine years at our sibling school in North Dulwich, she has been a subject leader for English, a head of Communications Faculty, responsible for overseeing not just the teaching of English but modern foreign languages teaching and media studies; most recently she has made a huge impact as head of Key Stage 3, with overall pastoral responsibility for students in Years 7 to 9. In common with all of the founders of TCSED, she is also a local parent.
We were pleased to receive extremely strong interest in the role of Deputy Headteacher through our national recruitment campaign. Rebecca's success in securing the role is testament to her exceptional qualities, but also validation of the deep bench of talent that we have in The Charter Schools family. I look forward to working with Rebecca in delivering the best possible educational experience for the young people of East Dulwich and South Camberwell.