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Colston's Girls' School appoints new Head

John Whitehead becomes Head of School on 24th April

Posted by Hannah Vickers | April 06, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Colston’s Girls’ School (CGS) in Bristol has announced the appointment of John Whitehead as Head of School. Mr Whitehead, who has been Acting Head of School for CGS since September 2016 will assume his new role from the beginning of the summer term on 24th April 2017.

With thirty years’ experience teaching in schools, Mr Whitehead joined CGS as Vice Principal in 2014, following seven years at Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath, where he was Head of Humanities, rising to the position of Assistant Head Teacher.

Mr Whitehead said that he is delighted to have the opportunity to ensure that the students of CGS continue to achieve the best progress scores of any state school in Bristol.

I am extremely proud of the hard work and enthusiasm to learn that is displayed by our students, and the excellent progress achieved as a result, no matter the starting point - John Whitehead Colston Girls' School's new Head

“Through the fair banding system,” he said, “students are drawn from every ability level. I am extremely proud of the hard work and enthusiasm to learn that is displayed by our students, and the excellent progress achieved as a result, no matter the starting point.” 

Mr Whitehead also reflected on the strength of his senior leadership team and the dedication of all CGS staff members who he said “without question, are central to the continued success of the school and its students”.

Since becoming Acting Head of School at the beginning of the school year, Mr Whitehead has pioneered a new House system, each named after inspirational and strong women from history including Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Jane Austen and Amy Johnson. “The House system is designed to give students a sense of identity,” he explained. “Student-to-student support, mentoring and a healthy sense of competition are just a few of the benefits that we have already seen. Just like the revered women who the Houses are named after, the students of CGS embrace every opportunity to reach their full potential”.

Anthony Brown, Chair of Governors for Colston’s Girls’ School, said “John’s appointment is wonderful news for CGS. Since joining the school almost three years ago he has earned the respect of the entire school community. His commitment to see each student achieve their true potential is evident in every aspect of his leadership.”

Colston’s Girls’ School is part of CGS Trust which also includes five primary schools across the City – Bannerman Road Community Academy, Barton Hill Academy, The Dolphin School, Fairlawn Primary School and The Kingfisher School.

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