Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Sims, retired at Christmas after 19 years at St Bart’s. Mrs Sims has contributed much to the leadership of the school and the House system, which we celebrated 100 years of last year. She says this will be one of her fondest memories of a school which, like most educational establishments, has seen much change. Mrs Sims was teaching at St Bart’s when we moved to our current building in 2010.
Mrs Sims was also instrumental in the success of the school’s 2007 polo team being the first state school to win the Schools and Universities Polo Association Cup. The story of the team captured the imagination of the nation’s press with much national coverage following thereafter and even a screenplay penned by Julian Fellows.
Her other favourite memories include when we hosted Children in Need for South East BBC and, following the completion of the new school buildings, the introduction of flags depicting the birthplace of every student in the school in the Hub to show the acceptance and value of difference.
Mrs Sims says she has enjoyed meeting people: parents, professionals and most of all students, from all walks of life, each with their different stories, many of whom, she says, are unsung heroes. She looks forward to hearing about the careers of students she has taught for years to come.
Mrs Sims has supported so many students and families over the years and she will be sorely missed. We thank Mrs Sims for her significant contribution to St Bart’s during her time at the school and wish her well in her retirement.