It is a new school year with a new headteacher for Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, as former deputy head David Scott takes over from Graham Burks.
In November Mr Burks announced his retirement following eight and a half years in the job, which saw the school quickly go from being in a category of concern to earning an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.
Having worked at the school for over two decades, Mr Scott has also been involved in its progress. “I have been at the school in various capacities for 25 years and have worked in the senior management team for the last 15 years. I am very excited to be taking on the role and I’m confident I know what is needed.”
Mr Scott, 54, from Sleaford, added that he has been able to give his input over the years. He is happy with the direction the school has taken, and plans to build on its success rather than make any major changes.
He was also delighted with another great set of exam results at the school this year, and highlighted that what was particularly important to recognise were the impressive value added scores when comparing students’ results in primary school to their GCSEs and A-levels. “For me that really shows how high achievement is at KGGS,” he added.
After teaching in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Manchester, Mr Scott joined KGGS as a maths teacher. He became head of maths and still plans, if his busy schedule permits, to teach lessons.
On announcing his successor, Mr Burks said: “The school is in a great place and I am delighted to be handing over to David Scott who has been on my senior team for the past eight years and my deputy since September 2014. He is an outstanding practitioner and knows the school well.”