A new year will mark a new start for St Augustine’s School following the appointment of its next headteacher.
Mark Taylor, who is currently headteacher at St Patrick’s Catholic College in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough, will join the Roman Catholic school from September.
The appointment marks a return to Scarborough for Mr Taylor, who was deputy head at St Augustine’s from 2002 until 2008, working under Roger Cannon to lead the school to ‘outstanding’ status in 2007.
Mr Taylor, who is a parishioner of St Hilda’s in Whitby, and whose children attended St Augustine’s, said: “I am excited about the prospect of leading the school and look forward to starting in September. It is a fantastic school to be part of and its caring ethos is second to none.
“I have the highest aspirations for staff and pupils and have every faith that we will take the school to new heights.”
Last year St Augustine’s enjoyed its best ever GCSE results with 68 per cent of pupils achieving 5 A* to C including English and Maths. Mr Taylor said his aspirations are to take the school to “even greater heights”.
At St Patrick’s Mr Taylor has helped the school achieve its best results to date, with an increase from 12 per cent to 74 per cent of students achieving 5 A* to C including English and Maths.
Prior to this Mr Taylor was headteacher at Eskdale School in Whitby, where he guided the school through its second outstanding OfSTED inspection in 2010.
Dianne Swiers, chairman of Governors at St Augustine’s said: “The governing body and staff are delighted to have been able to secure such a strong headteacher for St Augustine’s.
“Mr Taylor will be known to many families. While he will not formally take up post until September, he will work closely with the leadership team from St Mary’s, in Hull who are managing the school on the governors’ behalf for the interim period.
“We have many excellent staff at St Augustine’s and I know that they will give Mr Taylor their full support.’
Pete Dwyer, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate director for the Children and Young People’s Service said: “We are very pleased with Mr Taylor’s appointment. St Augustine’s faces an exciting future with such an experienced and committed head at the helm.”