A NEW era has dawned at Preesall’s Saint Aidan’s CE Technology College as new headteacher Andy Smith takes the reins.
Mr Smith, who was previously associate headteacher at Skipton Girls’ High School in North Yorkshire, said he was delighted to be able to take up his post and begin to get to know students, staff, parents and the local community.
He said: “I’ve been preparing to move to Saint Aidan’s for a couple of months now but it’s great to have arrived and to be able to start talking to students and staff about how to make our school even better.
“Saint Aidan’s is a genuine community and I have been made most welcome by everyone.
“Students have been telling me about what makes their school so special as well as beginning to work with me on our vision for the future.”
The school, which has a large number of Fleetwood pupils, was recently inspected by Ofsted and Mr Smith was quick to point out the strengths which inspectors identified along with some of the challenges ahead.
He explained: “Ofsted and our church schools inspector commented on how well behaved students were, the good standard of teaching, and the part that the Christian values of respect and kindness play in making it such a good place for young people to develop and thrive.
“I want our students and staff to work with me to make sure that we go from strength to strength and continually challenge each other to aim even higher.”
The school will be reach its 50th anniversary next year and Mr Smith is looking forward to planning the celebrations with the community of which the school is such a great part – as well as making sure that the start to the next 50 years is even more successful than the last half century.
“There are a lot of things for us all to look forward to,” he added.