New Head for Forest High School18 November 2016
Paul Holroyd has been appointed as the Headteacher of Forest High School. He will be taking up his post on January 3rd 2017.
Paul has extensive leadership experience in a number of schools in Gloucestershire since he took up a Head of Learning Support at Central Technology College (now Gloucester Academy) in 1990.
Progression saw Paul becoming Deputy Head at Gloucestershire Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), where he was appointed Headteacher before moving onto the Gloucester, Forest and Stroud PRU for 4-16 year olds.
Paul has worked with many primary and secondary schools in the County and has been an Ofsted Inspector in secondary schools.
Paul joins Forest High School from Woodway Federation of Schools, where he was Executive Principal of two special schools, offering primary and secondary education for students with Social, Emotional or Mental Health issues.
Nigel Johnson, Chair of Forest High School Local Governing Body stated:
“we had a very comprehensive selection process including staff and students, Governors and Trustees. From a strong field, Paul impressed the final selection panel with his knowledge, student centred approach to education and learning, his inclusive management style and his understanding of curriculum and quality issues. Paul's appointment underlines the determination of the Board and Staff at Forest High School to emphasise that it has a strong future and that excellent secondary education in Cinderford is not only necessary, it is essential for the Town. Given time, this school will be turned around – we are already seeing improvements coming through and with our sponsor, SGS Academy Trust behind us, we have every expectation that we can make this school the first choice for the community we serve”.
Paul Holroyd said:
'I am under no illusion when accepting this post. My role will be to make sure the quality of the teaching and learning improves and we exit from special measures as soon as possible but I will also make sure we redefine and establish those links with the community again. The school is an essential community resource but due to historic issues, that link with the community has been lost.
This is a small school that provides a more personal, caring and individualised offer for the children in our care and they are motivated and happy. I want to improve the profile the school has in the Town and as a school we need to open our doors to showcase the brilliant students we have here.
I am really looking forward to starting work formally in January but I am already working with the current Interim Head to ensure there is a seamless transition. I will meet with parents before Christmas to introduce myself and talk about my vision for the school'.