Message from Mr Clay, current Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,


I need to let you all know that this will be my last term at Coundon Court. I have decided to retire from teaching as of August 31st 2020. 


It had been a long, challenging and often exhilarating career that will have lasted for 33 years. I have especially enjoyed the last six and my time at Coundon ranks as highly as my first four years of teaching at the Grays School in Grays, Essex. I started there as an NQT in 1985. What now seems a very long time ago.


The development of Coundon Court has been a great and rewarding professional challenge. I think it is fair to say it needed significant work back in 2014. We have come a long way since then as a school community. I am somewhat disappointed that I cannot be around to complete the journey as we seek to deliver an Ofsted “outstanding” judgment for your school. However, I am very confident that the staff and students at Coundon are well placed to complete the journey themselves. It is the right time for a somewhat ageing and weary Headteacher to make way for a new leader and a new chapter in the school’s history.

I suspect at this point you will now begin to wonder about the future of the school and how it will be led.  I have been very fortunate to mold, work with and learn from a very talented group of staff. At every level of operation and seniority there are great people who can sustain the school moving forwards. As such, the Governing Body is committed to taking a year to replace me. They see a real value in maintaining the current strategic intents, structures, systems and our current approach in delivering them. Parents and students should feel reassured and very secure with this approach.


The Governors and I have every confidence in the school continuing to thrive because of the great and growing body of expertise, commitment and professionalism that is the Coundon Staff.  

I would like to thank the Coundon Community for its unfailing support over the years, without you and the fantastic Coundon Staff, my work at Coundon Court would have meant for very little.  


Stay calm and carry on. 


Andrew Clay