New headteacher looking forward to maintaining school’s standing

A school’s new headteacher has vowed to maintain its standing as one of the leading schools in the region and nationally.

Steve Wilson, current assistant headteacher at Whitley Bay High School, will take over from Adam Chedburn who is retiring in July after more than 20 years.

His teaching career started at Castle School Comprehensive near Bristol, before taking in Stockton Sixth Form College and Ponteland High School, joining Whitley Bay High in September 2004.

Steve said: “I’m delighted at being appointed headteacher.

“Having worked on the leadership team at the school for ten years I appreciate what has made this school such an outstanding place for students.

“The school’s success has been based on very positive relationships and an ethos where students are encouraged to develop high self-esteem and who feel a sense of belonging to the strong community atmosphere within the school.”

He added: “Thanks to Adam’s leadership there is something quite special about the ethos of Whitley Bay High School and this is something I am determined to maintain while helping the school move forward to further achievements in the future.

“The staff at this school go out their way to ensure students are provided with a wealth of opportunities beyond the classroom.”

Paul Mitchell, Chair of Governors, said: “The Governing Body is confident that Steve will build on the outstanding legacy left by Adam in maintaining and further developing the profile of Whitley Bay High School as an inclusive, caring and high performing school, which has, at its core, a commitment to enabling each individual student to succeed.”