Fond Farewells

As we finish term six of this school year, we are also sadly saying goodbye to three members of our leadership team.

After 17 years at Southfield School, five as headteacher and twelve as deputy head, we are now saying a fond farewell to Julie Goswell as she retires at the end of this summer’s term.

Coming from Queen Elizabeth School in Corby, Mrs Goswell joined Southfield in 2000 as a deputy head and achieved great things with vulnerable children and had a huge impact on these children’s lives.

She helped Southfield through the asbestos crisis in 2003 and became headteacher in 2012 where she took the school from needs improvement to good.

Mrs Goswell has been at Southfield for so many years, we’re sure that she feels as though Southfield runs through her blood.

Mrs Goswell said “Southfield is a very special place. It has been a privilege to be Headteacher of this school and to see it grow from strength to strength. This has all been achieved only with the support of those around me.  Teachers and support staff at Southfield have very high expectations of our students, but are also happy to go the extra mile to ensure that they achieve beyond their targets.”

Following on from Mrs Goswell’s retirement, we are also saying goodbye to Assistant Head, Mrs Janet Goodliffe who has been at Southfield for almost 29 years! She too has Southfield in her blood.

Mrs Goodliffe joined the school in 1989 as a teacher of French with the responsibility for French and later became Curriculum Co-ordinator and in 2002, an Assistant Headteacher. She worked through the school’s asbestos crisis as well.

Mrs Goodliffe has also been a governor of Southfield for many years and worked hard towards our Sports College application, which was a turning point for the school.

More recently, Mrs Goodliffe has worked closely with the Youth Sport Trust, securing funding for our Health & Well-Being Champion Post for two years, as well as the marketing and branding of Southfield School.

Mrs Goodliffe said “Although I’m looking forward to spending more time on myself, there are also some other work projects that I’m interested in working towards.”

Lastly, we’re also saying a fond farewell to Mr Andy Pettit, an Assistant Headteacher.

Mr Pettit joined us in 2008 as Head of English and in 2012 became an Assistant Headteacher. Mr Pettit also met his wife here at Southfield, they married in 2013 and now have two children.

More recently, Mr Pettit has had responsibility for Teaching and Learning at Southfield, but he is now leaving us to become a headteacher at a new free school in Nottinghamshire.

We’re all very proud of his achievement, it will be a fantastic new role for him.

Saying goodbye to Mrs Goswell, Mrs Goodliffe and Mr Pettit will leave huge holes at Southfield, but we wish them all the very best for their futures.

From September, we’re pleased to welcome Mrs Steph Roberts as our new head.