New assistant director for education and schools in North Yorkshire

This story was published 11 July 2020

A new assistant director will soon be taking the lead for the County Council’s relationship with schools, as she joins North Yorkshire’s children’s services during a time of great change.

Amanda Newbold

Amanda Newbold will be joining the council at the end of this month, joining from the City of Wolverhampton Council where she has worked in school improvement for the last five years.

Amanda has 20 years’ experience in education, working in teaching, school leadership and governance before joining local government. She began her career as a primary school teacher in Staffordshire in 2001, before becoming a deputy head, then Headteacher. Whilst working as a Headteacher, she improved her school’s Ofsted performance from Requiring Improvement to Good, while also overseeing the relocation of her school to a new site. Most recently, Amanda has led a service at the City of Wolverhampton Council which has helped 87 per cent of schools in the city to be judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

Amanda’s wealth of experience will be critical to the council as it works through the impact of Covid -19 on schools. She said: “The opportunity to bring my skills and experience into the beautiful county of North Yorkshire and to work with a new range of schools and settings in a completely different geographical context is hugely exciting for me. I know that there are some tremendously strong foundations on which to build. I am also hoping to find the time to explore the county, its moors and dales.

“Clearly I will be joining you during a most unusual time as North Yorkshire and the rest of the UK reopens and learns to adapt and live with the coronavirus. However, in one way or another I look forward to talking, meeting and working with you all to ensure that the outcomes for North Yorkshire's children and young people are as excellent as they deserve them to be.”

Amanda will be replacing North Yorkshire’s current Assistant Director for Education and Skills Judith Kirk, who joined North Yorkshire County Council in February 2018. Judith began her career as a teacher in Barnet in 1986 and worked at a number of local authorities before joining North Yorkshire. She will be retiring to spend more time with family. Judith will also be training to complete a two-person English Channel relay in 2021. Last year she completed a 21-mile swim in Lake Windermere to raise money for charity.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Stuart Carlton, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Amanda to the team and sharing her wealth of experience and enthusiasm with our education services and our local schools.

“We would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to Judith for the hard work and the expertise she brought to her role and the impact that has had on education in North Yorkshire. It has been much appreciated and we wish her all the best for the future.”