THE headteacher of a new primary school set to open in September has been announced.

Richard Healey will take up the role of headteacher of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School, near the Longforth Farm estate in Wellington, from April 20, ahead of the intake of new students in September.

Mr Healey, who has a teaching background after working in three schools around Bristol, was most recently headteacher of Perry Court E-ACT Academy for the last three years.

In Richard’s role at Perry Court, together with his team, he has taken the school from the lowest performing primary school in Bristol in 2017 to the highest performing primary school in the city in 2020. The school was also nominated for the prestigious 2019 Tes Primary School of the Year award along the way.

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NEW ROLE: Richard Healey 

The new headteacher said: “It is my aim to translate these experiences and successes to my new role at IKB and to ensure that we provide outstanding opportunities for learning and personal, social and emotional development.

"Therefore we are not only readying our children for the next stage of their educational journey, but also ensuring they become local, national and global citizens who will go on to positively contribute to the communities and the world that they are a part of.”

Outside of work, Mr Healey is a keen sports fan and loves the outdoors.

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He added: "Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom and I truly believe in lifelong learning."

Preparation for the new school is underway, the building work is on time for completion and the school will be open, as planned, for the new intake in September.

Sarah Watson, CEO of The Castle Partnership Trust said: “We are thrilled to welcome Richard to The Castle Partnership Trust. The passion, expertise and positivity that he has will undoubtably mean the children at IKB will thrive under his leadership.

"We have a very strong leadership team across our Trust schools and their collective skills and knowledge is a powerful combination that will benefit all our children.”

The school will be holding two ‘Meet the Headteacher’ events on ThursdayMarch 26 at 9.30am and 6pm at the Wellington Baptist Church Hall – aimed at prospective parents with children starting school in September 2020.

To book your place by email or telephone Victoria Hawkins on 01823 274073.