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Carol Argent - Head Teacher Retiring this summer

Carol Argent, Headteacher was invited to the Lord Mayor Tea Party on 9th July 2019. She has been working at The Livity School for 28 years in numerous roles. Carol Argent, our long standing Headteacher is retiring this summer. Clearly, we will be sad to say goodbye to Carol, who has been a devoted headteacher to The Livity, its pupils and a valued voice in the community.

As you can imagine, Carol's leaving represents a significant change for The Livity School. For Governors, the immediate challenge is to ensure the school remains stable through the initial period, and then in the longer term, that we recruit someone who is right for The Livity, who can continue Carol's fine work and lead the school into the next chapter. 

Since learning of Carol's retirement plans early in the spring term, Governors have been discussing options with Lambeth Council. Ultimately, we will run a recruitment exercise to find the right replacement for Carol. However, owing to the time required to appoint a Headteacher and the candidate to serve notice, it will not be possible to get a permanent replacement in place for the start of the new academic year, in September.

Some of you may know that, Joanna Tarrant, Headteacher at the nearby Elm Court Special School, has been in The Livity supporting Carol since January. Given Joanna' familiarity with The Livity School - its culture and the way it works - and her undoubted strengths as shown by Elm Court's recent 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgment, I strongly believe she is the right candidate to support The Livity and provide stability through this period of change. Therefore, I have asked Joanna to take on interim leadership of The Livity School in an 'Executive Headteacher' capacity during the next academic year - she will do this alongside her duties at Elm Court.

In addition, Governors have agreed that Matthew Pickard, Deputy Headteacher at The Livity School, will 'act up' into an interim role as 'Operational headteacher', to cover for and/or support  Joanna. In addition, we will welcome Amanda Ferrari, Assistant Headteacher, back to school later this term following maternity leave. An excellent new Assistant Headteacher, Ivan Luptak, from Swiss Cottage Special School, joins The Livity School in September. I have agreed with Lambeth that we will review these interim arrangements at regular intervals throughout the year as well as beginning our search for a permanent Headteacher.

I would like to thank you for your continued support for The Livity School. I know that news like this can be unsettling. However, I want to reassure you the school, with the support of the Governing Body, will do everything in its powers to ensure the running of the school remains table and that your child's daily experience is unchanged.

Naturally, if you would like to contact me, I would be happy to talk to you. Please feel free to get in touch with me via the school, or using the email address wthursfield.208@lgflmail.org. Otherwise, I hope you will join me in wishing Carol the fondest of farewells towards the end of this term.

Very best wishes,


William Thursfield,

Chair of Governors, The Livity School.