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06/05/19

Joanna Griffiths has been appointed Headteacher of Alder Grange School and will take up the role from the start of the new school year in September.

 

Mrs Griffiths, who has been with us since 1998, takes over from current Head David Hampson who will retire at the end of summer term.

 

“I have had the privilege of working closely with the previous two Heads David Hampson and Iain Hulland to create an Alder Grange ethos which makes this a unique and special place and I am determined that will continue,” she said.

 

“But I also have my own vision for the school too, and I’m looking forward to introducing a number of things that I believe will make us even stronger.”

 

One of her priorities will be around the emotional health and well-being of our staff and students.

 

“We already have a number of Mental Health First Aiders but we know as the pressures on everyone in society continue to grow, we need to give people help to deal with them,” she said.

 

Another key area she will be focusing on will be making sure the curriculum meets the needs of the students, and she will also be introducing a new induction programme.

 

Mrs Griffiths has been in teaching for 26 years, having started her career in Oldham. She joined Alder Grange as Head of Maths 21 years ago and has served on the senior leadership team in a number of roles, including Head of Sixth Form and most recently Head of School.

 

Chair of Governors Ronnie Barker said: “When we interviewed Joanna it was clear she had all the key skills required for the challenge of running the school. Importantly, she also understands the Alder Grange ethos and commands the respect of teachers, students, governors and parents alike. We are delighted with her appointment.

 

“We would also like to thank David Hampson for his many years of service to Alder Grange, not least the last seven as Headteacher. We wish him well for the future.”

 

 

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