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New appointments at York secondary school
A DYNAMIC duo have joined the top team at a York secondary school.
Miss Holbrey said their appointment is part of an on-going commitment to raising standards and growing the school.
She said: “I am confident that the school will move forward at an accelerated pace and some staff will just have to keep up. For the first time in a long time parents at Canon Lee are right behind the school, with 80 per cent of parents in a recent survey saying they would recommend the school to other parents, and that is just what we need. We can’t do this alone.”
Mr Wilson said he can see the potential the school has to be one of the top schools in York. He has come to York after being assistant head teacher at Endeavour High School in Hull and was appointed in 2010.
At the time the school had been in special measures for a year and required rapid improvement. By October 2012 Ofsted inspectors removed the school from special measures.
He said: “At the school I was at we were looking to convert in to an academy and I think when you do that it becomes a numbers game - to cram as many pupils as you can in there.
"At Canon Lee there is a different tack, we need the pupils to come here, but it is to maintain what we have at the school and what we have got is magic really.”
Fran Johnson was formerly assistant head at The Holy Family Catholic School in Keighley, and has also served as a local councillor in Rotherham for four years.
At Canon Lee she will take a lead on pastoral care and overseeing the links with the local community and local primary schools.
She said: “I am excited about the pace of change and progress the school has made after one year of Miss Holbrey’s leadership.
“At Canon Lee we look at the individual child and that is a real difference from the academy corporate feel which is almost an exam factory. Here we care about the academic, but more besides.”
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