A NEW era has begun at The Whitby High School as a new headteacher takes the helm.

Students and staff bid a fond farewell to outgoing head Margaret Hughes at the end of last term.

Bryn Heeley assumed the role on September 1, just in time to welcome pupils back after the summer break.

Mr Heeley said: “I am extremely proud to be the headteacher of The Whitby High School and must firstly pay tribute to former headteacher, Mrs Margaret Hughes, for her dedication and vision that has established the school as one of the highest performing in Cheshire – she will be greatly missed but I wish her well in her retirement.”

Mr Heeley, who is married with three children and lives in North Wales, is no stranger to the school as he has been deputy head for the past seven years.

He added: “I am fortunate to have been involved in the development of the school and the success it undoubtedly enjoys, but as the demands on society change so do the needs of our students.

“It is important that the school remains at the heart of the community of Ellesmere Port, ensuring that our students receive every opportunity to achieve their very best.

“The school will continue to deliver the best education for our students and I welcome the opportunity to work within all areas of the community to ensure that this happens.”

The school also welcomes two new deputy headteachers to work alongside existing deputy headteacher Mrs German-Lloyd. Mr Barford joins from St Aelread’s, Newton-le-Willows, and Mr Gray from Culcheth High School, Warrington.