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Haverstock headteacher cancels move to Malaysia and decides to stay at school

Pandemic gave headteacher second thoughts on moving abroad

20 August, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

James Hadley

THE headteacher at Haverstock School has cancelled his plans to leave.

James Hadley had planned to move to Malaysia to lead an international school, but said today (Thursday) that his plans have changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The school in Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, had begun the recruitment process for a new head but this too was disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Hadley, who has been at the top job at Haverstock for three years, said: “Moving abroad was an exciting adventure but a pandemic is not the time to be moving to another country.

“Haverstock is a very special place and I am looking forward to leading the school into the future.  In particular, supporting our students to catch-up and succeed after the huge challenges they have faced this year as a result of the pandemic.

He added: “I’m fortunate to have an exceptional group of colleagues with whom I work and I know they will enable the school to go from strength to strength.”

Alison Lowton, the school’s chair of governors said: “I am delighted that Mr Hadley has decided to stay on at Haverstock. He has made such a positive difference to the school. I know he is the right person to steer us through what will be challenging times, ensuring great outcomes for the school and students alike.”

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