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Haverstock School appoints James Hadley as new headteacher

The New Journal reported last month that long-serving John Dowd is retiring

30 March, 2017 — By Richard Osley

James Hadley

HAVERSTOCK School has named James Hadley as its first new headteacher in 17 years.

The appointment follows long-serving head John Dowd’s decision to retire at the end of the summer term. Mr Hadley has been deputy and acting headteacher at St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington. He will start work at Haverstock in September.

John Dowd

Raj Chada, the chair of governors, said: “The whole school community will be very sorry to see Mr Dowd leave after his many years as Headteacher. His dedication to the school and outstanding commitment to serving the local community has been transformative. We are, however, delighted to be welcoming Mr Hadley to the school and look forward to working closely with him as we strive to further develop and enhance Haverstock’s reputation as an inclusive comprehensive school at the heart of the community.”


Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband did a stint teaching at his old school

Haverstock has grown in popularity under Mr Dowd’s leadership and following the redevelopment of its site in Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm. It is sometimes jokingly referred to as ‘Labour’s Eton’ because the Miliband brothers and former MP Oona King are among the alumni. Footballers John Barnes, Marlon Harewood and Joe Cole are also ex-pupils.

Haverstock’s redeveloped site was opened in 2004

Mr Hadley said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to build on the superb work of John Dowd as the school enters an exciting new chapter. We will be totally committed to providing academic excellence for every child and we will also ensure that our students are equipped with the skills and attributes to enable them to flourish in an increasingly competitive world.

He added: “I will very much look forward to working with students, parents, colleagues and the local community in the coming years to ensure that Haverstock School leaves a positive legacy for our children and their families.”

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