Graham School moves into summer with new leadership team

North Yorkshire County Council and governors have put a new leadership team in place at Graham School, Scarborough following the retirement of its headteacher this week.

North Yorkshire County Council and governors have put a new leadership team in place at Graham School, Scarborough following the retirement of its headteacher this week.

Helen McEvoy, who has been head for the past three years, has decided to step down before half term so that a new leadership team can get to know the school before the end of the academic year.

She has been discussing her intentions with the county council in recent months and has decided to go before the end of the summer term to enable a new team to get ahead before the beginning of a new school year.  She said: "I am proud of my time at Graham School, of the students and of those colleagues who have been passionate and committed to the young people and their learning.

"I am proud of a long career in teaching and school leadership and I retire confident that I leave Graham School in good hands, with a strong and effective team.

"As the school moves forward I wish everyone concerned great success, especially the students who deserve no less"

A team of experienced school leaders will be joining Graham School directly after half term to take the school forward for the foreseeable future. 

The county council and governors have secured support from The Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance (YTSA). Rob Pritchard, the Alliance's lead for school to school support, will oversee Graham's new leadership team.  Mr Pritchard is also Headteacher of St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate, a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted inspector.  He has recently overseen school improvement in several schools, most recently at Easingwold School.

Rob Pritchard will bring in a team of senior leaders after half term, including Paul Brockwell who will be Graham's headteacher and who has previously worked with Mr Pritchard at Easingwold. Colette Jones who has extensive school leadership experience in Leeds and Emma Lambden, deputy head at St John Fisher, will also be joining the school, along with other staff from the Alliance.

"We wish to thank Helen McEvoy for her absolute dedication and passionate commitment to Graham's students," said Pete Dwyer, North Yorkshire's Corporate Director for the Children and Young People's Service. "We also wish her well for a fulfilling retirement. 

"We have secured a highly experienced leadership team to take up the reins in the summer term so that Graham School can move further forward with confidence into the next school year."

"Governors have been working with the Local Authority to broker support from The Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance and we are now looking forward to working with Mr Pritchard and his team," said Honor Byford, Graham's Chair of Governors.

"We are delighted to have been able to secure such strong and experienced leadership as the school develops during this period of transition.

"We would like to thank Mrs McEvoy for her service to Graham School and wish her well for her retirement."

Graham's governing body will organise meetings for parents after half term to meet the new team and to share their plans for the school's future.

This story was published 24 May 2017