The new headteacher at Calder High has said it’s time to look to the future as he aims to continue to drive the school forward in the coming years.
Tony Guise, who took up the position last week, said it has been an exciting start to his first headteacher’s post and he hopes to do a good job for the school and the local community.
“I feel very lucky starting a headship with the support of Jeanne Watson, Wendy Bradford and the leadership team who have spent a year on the improvement plan,” he said.
“The school achieved the best results it has ever had, which is testament to the work done before my arrival.
“I’m building on the work that has already started and fully intend to put this school back to where it should be.”
Tony feels his experience of transforming the fortunes of Aireville School in Skipton will help him to continue Calder High’s upward trajectory after a diffcult few years.
“Reputations are hard to rebuild and the last few years have had an impact on how the community views the school,” he said.
“I’ve come into what I feel is a good school with a clear direction of travel of how to make it even better.
“I have the belief. I want the students and parents to leave all the baggage behind.
“We have a new head, great exam results and an inspection report saying we are doing the right things.
“It’s time to look to Calder High’s future now and leave the past behind.”
Tony, who was previously deputy headteacher at Prince Henry Grammar School in Otley, has been made to feel very welcome by the staff and students.
“It just feels right here,” he said. “It has a lovely feel about it. I hope I do a good job.”
Tony, who lives in the Yorkshire Dales, has four children.
“Family is important.
“I always try to do my job with my work head on but also balance it with a parent’s perspective,” he said.
He is inviting parents of children in years five and six to attend the school’s open day on September 26 from 6-9pm.