Changes to Leadership Team
It's a fond farewell to Mrs Smith; and WELCOME to Ms Stockham
King Ecgbert School will today bid a very fond farewell to Judith Smith, who is retiring from teaching after a fantastic 10 years at KES. As Assistant Headteacher she has overseen transition of students from primary school, led Specialist Educational Needs, our acclaimed Integrated Resource, steered all our inclusion work and most importantly has been our Designated Safeguarding Lead. Every family who has sent children to KES over the last 10 years has known Mrs Smith as the welcoming and nurturing face of the school in Year 7, and then many families of vulnerable children have come to know her very well as the advocate who has put their child’s needs first. Much of her safeguarding work is behind the scenes but she has been relentless in holding external agencies to account and ensuring our children get what they need. She leaves a big hole at King Ecgbert School and we will miss her a lot.
But the good news is Sian Stockham takes over Judith’s role in September. Sian is a very experienced school leader having worked her way up from science teaching to Head of Science and then had a range of senior roles for over a decade. She is an expert in safeguarding and comes to us from a very large school in Doncaster. As a student she came to Sheffield for university and, like so many fell in love with the city so stayed here. She lives in Sheffield and is known to many families through her work with Scouting, but her teaching career has always taken her outside of Sheffield. So we’re really proud to be able to bring her to the Sheffield education system. She is very much a ‘KES person’ and it feels like she’s found her professional home with us already. We are very excited to add her to the Senior Team here at King Ecgbert School.