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Upton-by-Chester High School Chester School Awards - Winner

Let me introduce myself

I am writing to you to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Upton-by-Chester High School following the retirement of Mrs Dixon.

As you will already be aware, I have been working very closely with the senior leadership team, staff and governors to prepare for the full reopening of the school.  It has been a pleasure to welcome the learners back to school and see their positive response.  Whilst this has certainly not been the start to the academic year I was expecting when I was appointed in October 2019, it has been a real privilege to be at the school during this important time.

As some of you may already be aware, I was previously the Headteacher of a secondary school in North Wales for seven years.  Whilst at the school, I made it a priority to work closely with the staff and community in order to positively transform the experiences for the learners in the school. This led to a significant improvement in the standards achieved by all who attended the school.

I am totally committed to supporting all at Upton-by-Chester High School and look forward to building further on our excellent reputation.  I expect to lead a school where learners are provided with the best possible experiences (both curricular and extra-curricular) and to make sure that each young person in the school has the chance to shine, to aspire, to achieve and to be safe and happy.  I am driven by the need to make sure that every learner leaves school with the best qualifications they can achieve, along with well-developed skills, which will help them to take their place in society, enabling them to make an important contribution in whatever form that takes.

Over the coming months and years, working with staff, governors and learners, I look forward to building on the excellent work that has already been carried out in the school to ensure that Upton-by-Chester High School continues to provide the very best for each and every learner and the communities it serves.

I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all and I would also like to thank you for the warm welcome I have received.