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New Joseph Rowntree School head teacher looks to the future
THE new head teacher at York’s Joseph Rowntree School has set his stall out for the future.
Richard Crane, 39, was formerly head at the 600-pupil Ryedale School at Nawton, and took over at the school in New Earswick at the start of the school year after the former head for five years, Maggi Wright, retired in August.
With more than 1,300 pupils, Joseph Rowntree is a considerably larger school than Mr Crane ran before.
He said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be head teacher here. It’s a great school with great staff and students and great parent support.
“We have had a fantastic start to the academic year and I’m sure that will be built on in the future.
“The key thing we are going to be focusing on is developing the learning experience for pupils of all ages and different talents ensuring they make the progress they need to set them up for the future. The quality of the learning experience is the number-one priority within the school.”
Mr Crane described the school’s last Ofsted grade of good as a “fantastic springboard” and with Ofsted raising the bar for future inspections, he said the challenge for the school was to ensure that learners made strong progress.
Mr Crane lives near York and is married to Julia, a teacher at Sherburn High School, and has three children.
He is also joined at the school by Gareth Davies as his new deputy head. Mr Davies has moved across the city where he was previously the deputy at Millthorpe School in South Bank.
Mr Davies said: “I’m delighted to be here. I have worked with students from the school in the past and I have been made to feel very welcome here.”
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