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Borden Grammar School headteacher Jonathan Hopkins quits

A grammar school headteacher has quit to take over another grammar school.

Jonathan Hopkins, from Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne, has been at the school for boys in the Avenue of Remembrance for six years.

Jonathan Hopkins is quitting Borden Grammar School to take over at Barton Court, Canterbury. Picture: Darren Small
Jonathan Hopkins is quitting Borden Grammar School to take over at Barton Court, Canterbury. Picture: Darren Small

He will stay until the end of the Christmas term and then take up his new job at Barton Court Grammar in Canterbury in January.

In a letter to parents he said: "It is with real sadness that I will be leaving Borden at the end of the Christmas term.

"As many of you know, I became headteacher at Borden in September 2013 having spent the previous eight years working at Highsted Grammar School.

"It has been my privilege to have undertaken my first headship at Borden and to have served the needs of students and the community in Sittingbourne and Sheppey for 14 years."

Jonathan Hopkins is quitting Borden Grammar School to take over at Barton Court, Canterbury. Picture: Darren Small
Jonathan Hopkins is quitting Borden Grammar School to take over at Barton Court, Canterbury. Picture: Darren Small

The school, which has been on the same site since 1928, has 795 pupils of which 198 are in the sixth form.

It became a sports college in September 2006 and achieved academy status in January 2012.

Mr Hopkins will replace Ian Macaulay at the 970-pupil Barton Court Grammar in Longport, Canterbury.

He resigned after revealing one of his children had been diagnosed with severe autism.

He told parents: "As you can imagine, the challenges this places on a family can be overwhelming and for this reason I have made the decision to step down."

Ian Macaulay is stepping down at Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury
Ian Macaulay is stepping down at Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury

He will work part-time at the academy until he leaves in December but will continue in a "leadership support role" within the school.

Executive head Kim Cardus is taking on some of his work until Mr Hopkins joins.

Mr Macaulay joined the co-educational Barton Court in 2017 after more than seven years in the senior leadership team of Rochester Grammar School.

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