• Also in this section
  • News

A note from the new Headteacher

“The Board of Governors is pleased to confirm that, following an intensive selection process, Mr Ben Greene has been offered and has accepted the appointment of Head Teacher of the Norton Knatchbull School (NKS). We are now in the process of agreeing with him a firm start date for later in the New Year.

Mr Greene is currently Head Teacher at the Bullers Wood School for Girls in Chislehurst which, like NKS, is co-educational in the sixth form with a broadly equivalent roll. Earlier this year Bullers Wood became a Multi Academy Trust involving the establishment of a new  11-16 free school for boys requiring close consultation with the local community.

Before that Mr. Greene was Deputy Head Teacher at Newstead Wood School, Orpington, a selective secondary school (2008-14), and Assistant Head Teacher at the Uplands Community College, Wadhurst (2004-2008).

Mr Greene is an Honours graduate in History from Liverpool University and has a wealth of experience in education, including participation in the PiXL Outstanding Headteacher Programme and in mentoring and supporting colleagues through Middle and NPQ programmes. He started his career teaching History at the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys.

He believes passionately in the power of education:

I came into teaching because I believe in the life changing potential of education. I am the grandson of a migrant who came to this country with nothing in the midst of the Second World War.  My father was the first in the family to be educated to ‘A’ Level. I was the first to attend University. My family bear witness to the transformative effect of education. I have benefitted as a student, and 25 years after first embarking on teaching as a career, this still inspires me professionally – in my dealings with students, colleagues and parents.”

NKS is keenly looking forward to Mr Greene’s arrival next year which, given his existing commitments at Bullers Wood in embedding the Multi Academy Trust, is likely to be in the early summer next year. In the meanwhile, after our current Head Teacher, Ms Susanne Staab departs at the end of this year, NKS will be led by Ms Sue Kelly, the School’s present Deputy Head. She has a strong Senior Leadership Team around her and during this interim period Mr Greene will be involved in all major decisions affecting the School’s future.

Mr Greene further commented as follows

'I am thrilled to be joining Norton Knatchbull School and moving to a part of the country with a rich and diverse history. I look forward to building on the school's proud traditions and responding to the challenges and opportunities of educating and preparing young people for the 21st Century.'

The School is greatly indebted to Ms Staab for her leadership and hard work over the last 8 years and wishes her well for the future. She has been an outstanding Head Teacher and she leaves NKS in a much stronger position than when she first came. Her legacy is a firm foundation for future growth.”

David Race


View Image