St John’s appoints Mike Burgess as Headmaster
Chairman of International Education Systems (IES) Mr Andrew McEwen has confirmed the appointment of Mr Mike Burgess as Headmaster of local, independent school, St John’s in Sidmouth.
Mr McEwen’s message reads: ‘As we come to the end of what has been a very successful term for St John’s, I would like to announce that Mike Burgess has now been confirmed as the full, permanent Head of the school. The Board of Directors has taken this decision which will have immediate effect, fully confident that Mike will continue to lead the school in the same exemplary way that he has already been demonstrating to present.’
Mike Burgess has been acting Head at St John’s since the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year. Mrs Caroline Ward has also been appointed Deputy Head of St John’s.
Mike Burgess joined St John’s in 2010 following a spell at Sidmouth College, where he was Director of Inclusion and SENCO. Local to the core, Mike was educated at The King’s School, Ottery St Mary after which he took a couple of years ‘out’ travelling, prior to completing a BA (Hons) in Geography and Economics at The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Of his appointment, Mike said ‘I am absolutely delighted to be given responsibility for this amazing school. The educational experience we are able to offer the children of East Devon is quite extraordinary and the questionnaire feedback from October’s ISI Inspection quoting 100% of pupils as saying ‘The school gives me all the support I need to learn’ and 100% of parents saying ‘My child feels safe at school’, ‘Behaviour is well managed’ and ‘My child is happy at school’ says all you need to know about why I agreed to take on the role, without a moment’s hesitation.
These are very exciting times for St John’s with some major investment being undertaken in the Spring to augment the fabulous facilities we already enjoy. There could not be a better time for me to lead this harmonious, positive and industrious community of dedicated staff, model pupils and local families who have chosen St John’s in their desire to enable their children to be the best that they can be.