DRIVING up pupil achievement and developing the skills of staff will be the focus as a new leader takes over the reins at St George’s School.
Dan Berry, former deputy headteacher at the Marton school, has been appointed to the role of school leader following the resignation of headteacher John Townsend last month.
Mr Berry will stay in post at least one year until governors appoint a permanent successor.
But the new leader, who has taught at the school for the last seven years, is determined to make the most of his time at the helm
He said: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity at St George’s.
“The school has been on the up over the last decade or more and now it’s my turn to safeguard what we have and to add to it.
“We are already judged to be an outstanding church school. We want to match this with an outstanding from Ofsted.
“We were close last year with our four outstanding judgements and nothing lower than good, but I think there is more in us yet.”
Mr Berry is from Blackpool and attended Devonshire Road Primary School and Warbreck School.
He was a keen sportsman at school and played football for Blackpool and Fleetwood Town and also Bury and Preston.
At university, however, he decided teaching was his passion and went on to become a history and PE teacher.
He added: “I am keen to continue the excellent work started by former headteacher Elizabeth Warner. By September we will be able to embark on a raft of new initiatives which will make the next decade more than a match for the last one.
“I want to make sure all our pupils are being taught how to become more independent learners as I know this will benefit them in post 16 study.
“They receive excellent support from our teachers, but I am keen to ensure they are equipped to be the very best they can be when they leave us.”
Mr Berry also heaped praise on the staff and governing body at the Cherry Tree Road school.
He said: “We have an excellent team of staff and I strongly believe these are our greatest asset. I don’t believe investing in gimmicky technology is the right way forward, what matters is the person standing at the front of the classroom. There will be a big push on staff training and development.
“This is a really exciting time for St George’s and I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead.”