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WEEK 32 - Friday 27 May 2022

I am writing this week's blog with a heavy heart. On Wednesday, during our weekly assembly, I broke the sad news that the brilliant and amazing Mrs Newman will be leaving Hessle High to embark on the next part of her career journey. I think it’s fair to say that the students were taken aback by this news. Mrs Newman has become their go to adult in the school for every imaginable issue that a student can face on a daily basis in a school environment. 

Mrs Newman joined us almost four years ago. Initially she joined me as an Assistant Head of House for team Cassio. When we moved back to a year group structure I was lucky enough as Head of Year 9 to bring Mrs Newman with me as my Assistant Head Of Year.  During this time I have benefited hugely from the professionalism, the kindness and the work ethic that she always gives.

More importantly, your children have benefited the most from having a caring, nurturing, fair and consistent assistant head of year who ALWAYS puts the wellbeing of the children at the forefront of any decision she makes. I know that many of you will have met or spoken to Mrs Newman during her time at Hessle High. Sometimes the nature of these meetings or conversations is challenging but I know you will all have appreciated how supportive and understanding Mrs Newman would always be to ensure you felt supported by us as a school. Her ability to smile and laugh at all times (even during the more challenging times), her ability to protect and support all children through tough times, and her ability to support her colleagues at all times is something that as a school community we will miss greatly. 

From a personal perspective, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mrs Newman for everything she has done for me and the year 9s in her time at Hessle High. Her organisational skills, her ability to laugh at my silly jokes, to supply me with a constraint stream of diet pepsi, to remind me of where I’m meant to be at any given time during the day will be something that I will miss very much! I know for sure that she will go on to be hugely successful in her new role due to her fantastic work ethic, but more importantly because of her fantastic personality.

Mrs Newman’s final day will be Thursday 9 June. It gives everybody the opportunity to drop in and say their goodbyes before she leaves.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 9

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 9