THE new head teacher of a York secondary school is looking forward to building on the work of his predecessor, as he begins his first term.

Andrew Daly, 36, has taken over at Archbishop’s Holgate School, in Hull Road, following the retirement of head John Harris in August after 18 successful years.

“This will be a period of continuity, building on all that’s good in the school, as well as selective change as the school continues to move forward,” he said.

“Since my appointment in December, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time getting to know the staff and school, which has been very useful,” said Mr Daly.

Mr Daly joins the school from his position in the senior leadership team at St Wilfred’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Wakefield, and said he was looking forward to his new role.

“The role is all about making a difference to the opportunities and life chances of all our students, and making a real difference to the community we serve,” he said.

Moving forward, Mr Daly hopes to continue to improve the school’s already impressive reputation, following record-breaking GCSE results this year, with 88 per cent of pupils achieving five or more passes at C or higher, and 71 per cent getting five A* to C passes.

“I’m very proud to have this role, and understand the importance and responsibilities of it,” he said.

“These are exciting times for the school as we look to develop our sixth form to provide something distinct and different.”

Mr Daly confirmed the school was considering applying for academy status, but would not do so unless it was in the best interests of the pupils and the community.

“Our governors are looking closely at the potential benefits that academy status can bring for our school, but we are always mindful as to what is best for the community and York as a whole,” he said.

Mr Daly said he was looking forward to meeting parents of potential Year Six students at an upcoming open evening on October 5.