Risedale School welcomes new headteacher

From left, chair of the Risedale School Governing Body John Glahome, incoming Headteacher Mrs Lucy Greenwood, outgoing Headteacher Mr Colin Scott, accompanied by Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Charlie Anderson who is also a Governor at Risedale.

Risedale School has welcomed new headteacher Lucy Greenwood who will take over from current head Colin Scott in September.

Mrs Greenwood is the current deputy headteacher at Harrogate High School.

Mrs Greenwood said: “I am so excited to be joining the warm and welcoming Risedale family and very much looking forward to leading the school through the next chapter of its journey.

“I am committed to ensuring that every Risedale pupil has a positive future and benefits from excellent learning experiences.”

The school is saying goodbye to Mr Scott, who steps down after an eight-year tenure as headteacher to start a new career in transport.

He said: “It has been the highlight of my teaching career to lead Risedale for the past eight years.

“Together, we’ve built a strong foundation for the school’s future. The supportive pupils, parents, and staff are what make us the Risedale family.”

He added: “During my tenure, Risedale has truly thrived. Our pupil population has grown significantly, meaning more families are making Risedale their first choice.

“We’ve expanded our curriculum, strengthened our financial footing, and grown our team with specialised staff.

“Every pupil now benefits from a Chromebook, along with extended SEND provision and a full-time counsellor.

“I’m proud to have been part of this journey, and I’m confident these positive developments will continue under Mrs Greenwood’s leadership.

“I wish Mrs Greenwood all the very best. Her experience and leadership will be a great asset, and I look forward to seeing Risedale continue to thrive under her guidance.”

Risedale School has one of the largest proportions of service children of any secondary school in the UK and this military connection is an essential part of the school’s distinctive character.

Lt. Col. Charlie Anderson, Garrison Commander and Risedale Governor commended the school’s enduring partnership with the military.

He said: “Risedale is a fantastic school that is fully committed to supporting our service families and children. On behalf of the Garrison, I would like to thank Mr Scott for his hard work and leadership and welcome Mrs Greenwood to Team Risedale. I look forward to seeing Risedale go from strength to strength, under Mrs Greenwood’s leadership.”

Risedale’s Chair of Governors, John Glahome, added: “The governing body is delighted to welcome Mrs Greenwood to Risedale School.

“Lucy’s vision for the future of Risedale struck a chord with us. Her commitment to a personalised learning journey for every pupil perfectly aligns with our mission of empowering all pupils to reach their full potential. We are confident that under her leadership, Risedale will continue to thrive.

“Along with all the governors I recognise the incredible contribution Mr Scott has made to the school during his eight years as Headteacher. His focus has always been on the best outcomes for the pupils both academically and as individuals. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Colin and wish him every success in his future after Risedale.”