All change at Fleetwood High

CHANGE OVER: Fleetwood High School's new associate head teacher Graham Steele (left) with retiring head Steve Roe.
CHANGE OVER: Fleetwood High School's new associate head teacher Graham Steele (left) with retiring head Steve Roe.

SOME of Fleetwood High School’s most senior figures are saying goodbye to the school.

After leading the Broadway school for six years, headteacher Steve Roe is retiring and will officially leave at the end of this academic year in August.

And long-serving teachers Shaun MacNeill, Jan Veevers, Ann Taylor and Denise Boldy are also retiring from the school.

Mr Roe’s immediate successor has been named as Graham Steele, but he comes in an associate capacity and will be in post for two terms only – until Easter 2012 – while a permanent head is sought.

Mr Roe, 56, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at school.

“I am extremely proud of my staff and students for their excellent progress over the last five years.”

He joined Fleetwood High in January 2006, and as a leader and manager been hailed by Ofsted as having had “high aspirations” and “a determined drive to improve the school.”

During his time as head teacher Mr Roe improved the academic profile of the school, with exam results rising dramatically, particularly the number of pupils gaining the 5 A*-C passes.

In addition, Mr Roe has widened opportunities for his pupils by actively encouraging them to take part in a wide variety of activities.

He now looks forward to a retirement which will be partly spent at his second home in France and also pursuing his new hobby, playing golf.

He added: “Fleetwood has a special place in my heart, together with the many friends, students and parents, who I will always remember”.

New associate headteacher, Graham Steele, who joins the school in September. is an experienced head, having previously successfully led two main stream secondary schools. He is also an experienced soccer coach.

He said: “I am looking forward to starting in September and working with everyone involved in the school.”

Mr MacNeill, 64, a former assistant head who for the past year has taken a role improving school attendance, said: “I will still be involved as a school governor and other local activities.”