Matravers head is setting out ambitious target for school to be top class
12:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
NEW Matravers School headteacher Simon Riding is targeting a rise in standards to outstanding within 18 months.
Dr Riding, who spent five years as senior deputy head at Bitterne Park School in Southampton, said the foundations were already in place for significant progress.
The 38-year-old, who lives in East Gomeldon with wife Karen and six-year-old daughter Sophia, aims to turn Matravers into a world class centre for education and learning.
He has implemented new head boy and girl and prefect roles across years 11, 12 and 13, as well as a new website and a new prospectus.
Dr Riding, who took over from interim head Beverley Martin this month, said: “As soon as I set foot in the school, I could see that it had huge potential and it had the capability to be an outstanding school very quickly.
“One of the first things I established was a focus on six core values, which we are embedding across the school in everything we do. These values are resilience, creativity, ambition, happiness, success and dynamism.
“My main goal is to produce a world class centre for education for Westbury and make sure that Matravers is the first choice for parents, the place their child should be.
“The Ofsted in March identified there were improvements needed, but the school was on the right track.
“My target is to get the school to outstanding in 18 months and I believe that is a reasonable goal.”
The school has appointed a new chair of governors, with Guy Davies taking over from Jacqui Goodall. Parents got a chance to meet Dr Riding at the start of the academic year.
He said: “There have been a number of changes over the past few years and the school needs stability. I was impressed that there were secure foundations left by my predecessor and my job is to build on those.”
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