New skipper appointed at Haverstock School ahead of headteacher’s retirement after 17 years of service

James Hadley has been appointed headteacher of Haverstock School, starting in September.

James Hadley has been appointed headteacher of Haverstock School, starting in September. - Credit: Archant

A new headteacher has been appointed at Haverstock School for the first time in 17 years.

James Hadley will take up the post in September, with headteacher John Dowd – who has led the school since 2000 – retiring at the end of the summer term.

Mr Hadley, who has led St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington as deputy and acting headteacher, “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new headteacher of Haverstock School.

“It is both an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to build on the superb work of Mr Dowd as the school enters an exciting new chapter.

“We will be totally committed to providing academic excellence for every child and we will also ensure that our students are equipped with the skills and attributes to enable them to flourish in an increasingly competitive world.

“I will very much look forward to working with students, parents, colleagues and the local community in the coming years to ensure that Haverstock School leaves a positive legacy for our children and their families.”

Raj Chada, who is chair of governors at Haverstock, added: “The whole school community will be very sorry to see Mr Dowd leave after his many years as headteacher.

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“His dedication to the school and outstanding commitment to serving the local community has been transformative.

“We are, however, delighted to be welcoming Mr Hadley to the school and look forward to working closely with him as we strive to further develop and enhance Haverstock’s reputation as an inclusive comprehensive school at the heart of the community which is committed to supporting a wide range of students to fulfil their potential.”