THERE’S a new head teacher is bringing a wealth of experience to a North Yorkshire primary academy as she takes over the helm.

The new head of Brotherton and Byram Community Primary Academy is Caroline Towler, currently Ebor Academy Trust’s director of teaching and learning.

Miss Towler will take up her new role after Easter.

She was previously vice principal at Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, York, and prior to that worked as deputy head teacher at Brayton CE Primary School near Selby.

She said: “Within my current role I am already involved in working with both staff and children at Brotherton. It will be a privilege to lead such a fantastic team.

“The school has been on an incredible journey and I know that there are exciting times ahead for the whole school community.”

To ensure continuity and a smooth transition, executive head teacher Gail Brown will remain part of the school’s leadership.

Miss Towler said: “This will be a great opportunity to work more closely with Gail who has been pivotal in the school’s improvement.”

Miss Towler has worked in education for more than 16 years.

She said: “I believe that learning should be about discovery, where children are fully engaged, sparking curiosity and allowing them to explore for themselves.”

With its headquarters in York, Ebor Academy Trust currently comprises Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy in Strensall and Haxby Road Primary Academy within the city, plus five other schools across Yorkshire including Brotherton and Byram.

As part of her current role working with Ebor Academy Trust, Miss Towler has successfully focussed on school improvement. Having worked for two years within Ebor, she recognises the power of working collaboratively to get the very best opportunities for all children, staff and the community.

She said:

“The Ebor values run throughout Brotherton and Byram Community Primary Academy: excellence, belonging, opportunity and respect shine through the school.

“I am genuinely excited and looking forward to leading a school in a community like Brotherton where the parents, the pupils and the staff are so committed to ensuring its continued success.”

Brotherton’s existing head of school, Bev Fletcher, will move to lead Camblesforth Community Primary Academy, which joined Ebor in January this year.