Outstanding Headteacher appointed

24th May 2019

We are delighted to annouce the appointment of a new Head Teacher for The Forest High School by the Academy Trust Board.

John Whitehead, who has been Principal at Colston’s Girls School in Bristol since 2016, will take over from Paul Holroyd on 1st September 2019.

Colston Girls School is rated ‘Outstanding’ by OfSTED and is amongst the highest attaining schools in the South West. Previously, John worked in wide range of state schools in East London, Cornwall and Wiltshire, having entered the profession in 1987.

Kevin Hamblin, CEO of SGSAT, comments, “We are delighted that John is joining us as he sees the vision we have for this school and its role in the community it serves. John will inject energy into the school and focus on the further improvement of learning across all year groups. FHS has been transformed under the stewardship of Paul combined with significant support of SGS Academy Trust and staff at the School; and the Trust is delighted to announce as his successor an experienced and ambitious Headteacher to build on the potential we feel this school has in improving the life chances of local children.”

John Whitehead adds, “Leaving an outstanding school, to lead a school which requires improvement, is a positive choice that I have made because I believe I can lead Forest High School quickly upwards to Good and then Outstanding over the next five years. I have been looking for the opportunity to lead school improvement where there is potential to transform a whole community by offering young people an outstanding education. I think that the FHS is that opportunity. I know that SGS Academy Trust are absolutely behind this school and with recent success in securing nearly £1m to spend on the buildings over this summer, I firmly believe this school can, and will, shine even brighter in a few years’ time. I have already met some staff and pupils at the school and I was very impressed at the pride, positivity and caring attitude of everyone I have come across. I am eager to get involved over the next few weeks before joining the school full time in September and begin to learn about the Cinderford community.”