The day Jonathan first came to St Silas before taking up his new position as deputy head there was a parent pupil event in full swing in the school hall. He was introduced to us all, this eager young teacher from Yorkshire! He chatted for a while. But it wasn’t long before jacket off, he picked up a brush and got stuck in helping to clean up the debris.This was so typical of the Jonathan we would come to know and love.
Jonathan was determined from the outset to make school the very best it could be for all our children, especially those who were struggling. He was an inspirational leader. He had such vision and determination. He could see what was needed and worked tirelessly to make change and progress happen.
Working with Jonathan at St Silas was without doubt the most rewarding period of my teaching career. Feeling valued, being part of a dynamic ambitious team and always encouraged and supported- all this came from him. Whatever the pressures he was under Jonathan made time for his staff, for pupils and parents. He was so kind and considerate. On dark days he would come flying into the office and immediately lighten the mood.
To say he has improved the life chances of many hundreds of children is no understatement and what a legacy.
I feel so privileged to have known Jonathan, worked with him, laughed with him and called him my friend.
Kim, I am so so sorry for your loss. I send my love and deepest condolences to you and your family.