Editorial 29th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that Mrs Lebrett has notified us of her intention to leave Hasmonean at the end of this term. Mrs Lebrett has been Headteacher of Hasmonean since 2015 and has been a member of Hasmonean since 2012 (including a period in which she was interim Headteacher of the Girls’ School prior to Mrs Brice’s appointment).

During her time here, Mrs Lebrett has demonstrated strong and capable leadership that has taken it from strength to strength and resulted in the boys’ school increasing its roll from just under 570 in 2015 to just under 730 in 2022. The GCSE and A level results have been consistently impressive throughout this period. In addition, Pikuach rated all areas of Hasmonean High School, to be ‘Outstanding’. Her focus on safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing has been commended by the third parties commissioned to evaluated it. In taking ultimate responsibility for Learning, Teaching and the Curriculum across the MAT, she has also enabled the school to take great strides in these areas to enable it to make continuous improvements.

Mrs Lebrett has demonstrated intelligence, determination, skill, verve and strength of character, and she has always acted as a role model of Torah im Derech Eretz to students. She has won their respect, as well as the respect of staff, parents, governors and trustees. More recently she has trained as an Ofsted inspector which has been an invaluable resource for the senior leadership team and staff more widely.

On a personal level, Mrs Lebrett will be very much missed by us and, we know, by the whole Hasmonean community. She will be taking up a position as CEO at Jewish charity, Work Avenue from January 2023 where we are sure she will also be tremendously successful. We are truly indebted to her.

We will be undertaking a recruitment search to find a new Headteacher for the Boys’ School this term and will announce in due course plans for an interim leadership arrangement from January.

Mr A McClusky – CEO, Hasmonean MAT
Mr Y Halberstadt – Chair of Governors, Hasmonean High School for Boys
Mr G Swabel – Chair of Hasmonean MAT

Dear Parents and Carers,

Throughout my ten years at Hasmonean, I have been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people, exceptional members of staff and tremendous students. It has been a privilege to lead such an amazing school over the past seven years and to watch the students of our community grow and develop. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Hasmonean and am very proud of everything that the staff body, supported by the Governors and Trustees, has achieved.

Best wishes,
Mrs D Lebrett – Headteacher, Hasmonean Boys’ School