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Dear Parents

I am delighted to take up the role of Principal of Ibstock Community College from the 27 October 2014.

I have enjoyed working in a number of schools in the East Midlands – in Derby, Chesterfield, Nottingham and more recently at Rawlins Academy in Quorn, Leicestershire. I look forward to working with the students, parents and staff at Ibstock to ensure that our children and community are served with the best possible opportunities. I bring to the school wide experience in key stages three, four and five and as a result can ensure that our work at Ibstock prepares our students most effectively for the challenges of the future.

I would like to congratulate the students who left Ibstock this summer with an impressive set of results. The rapid progress that students make at Ibstock College is a tribute to their hard work and the commitment of our staff and I am proud to join this team.

Over the last few weeks, I have visited a number of primary schools in our family of schools, as well as meeting with staff and parents at Ibstock. There is strong support for the school and I value that enormously. I am really pleased with the positive attitude to learning shown through the hard work of our students and the dedication of our staff. In addition, I have been welcomed warmly by Ibstock students and this is a strong sign that students value relationships and behaving in a respectful and co-operative manner. I expect all behaviour to be exemplary and our students have already given me an excellent impression of the school.

There are a number of principles that I bring to Ibstock and that have shaped my educational journey:

  • the importance of challenge and belief in succes

  • the commitment to doing one’s bestand

  • the importance of understanding and valuing our relationships with each other and the world.


 As a school and as students, these are at the root of a positive approach to our learning and our lives.

I am very keen to learn more from parents about how the school can ensure that our provision is outstanding. As a result, I would like to invite you to an open meeting which will be an opportunity for you to share with me your thoughts about the school – what we currently do well, what aspects of the school you value and where we need to improve. This will be in the main hall on Thursday 13 November at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the near future so that we can work together to move the school, our students and our success forward.

I wish you a restful half-term break.


David Phillips




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