Like any small business, Knighton House must quickly respond to changing environmental conditions at home and globally, many of which are beyond our control; but absolutely within our control is the choice of Deputy Head, Helen Dominey, for the role of Head, in an ‘acting’ capacity; although, in a Lockdown school environment, there is no ‘pretend’ about any of the decisions she is making.
Her strategic competence – she always drove the day-to-day running of the school, from our Covid-19 protocols to the intricacies of staff allocation and timetabling – is tested by many years of experience; in her we trust.
When integrity and wisdom are essential components of a leader’s toolkit; when, for a measure of control on this difficult economic environment, the toolkit must also contain knowledge and openness to change, then in Helen Dominey we have these already proven.
Under her leadership, which is transitory in name, not in actuality, Knighton House will not fear the changes that must inevitably come in this episode of national affairs.
Her team will continue to drive the curriculum for 21st century learners and ultimately, the future workforce, and crucially, she will continue to pose the question, ‘How might we?’, which has been a fundamental one for the Senior Leadership Team: how might we improve our curriculum; how might we implement alternatives; how might we proceed if we don’t do this; how might we adapt our offering to meet the needs of current and future parents at Knighton House; more specifically, the needs of our learners.
The decision made by Robin Gainher, our former Head, to return to his home in Norfolk we recognize as a further effect of Coronavirus, part of the long tail of which much is spoken, and with social distancing a form of separation we are all having to embrace, why be so far away from family, if it is possible to be with them?