THE new headteacher at a Chester secondary school has found a place to park.
Justin Blakebrough is the new head at Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School in Boughton.
In his first term he has already welcomed Christine Russell MP to open the school’s new car park, which offers proper parking facilities for staff and visitors and is much safer for children boarding school buses. The project cost about £400,000.
“We hope that it will help local residents with school buses now being able to park on the school site rather than on neighbouring roads,” said Mr Blakebrough, who joins the school from Alleyne’s High School in Stone, Staffordshire, where he was deputy headteacher.
“We would like to thank our neighbours who had the inconvenience of interim measures during the construction of the car park. There is still some landscaping work to be done and we are confident that once this has been completed it will enhance the appearance of the school site.”
Mr Blakebrough has settled in Chester with his wife, Ruth, and two daughters, Elen, 13, and Kezia, nine. He is originally from London and worked in the Congo for three years.
As someone who believes in lifelong learning he is learning to play the piano and ski.
He said of the school: “My challenge is to make an already very good school into an excellent school.”
He wants to ensure that the Bishops’ Blue Coat continues its high achievement, retains its distinctiveness as a church school, is truly inclusive and provides a high quality education, placing importance on personal development, raising aspirations and encouraging students to make a positive contribution to society.