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New headteacher at Scoill Vallajeelt 29 May 2008

PUPILS at Scoill Vallajeelt will have a new headteacher from the autumn term. Adrian Shorthouse will take over from Ian Walmsley, who has been appointed to the headship of Fairfield Junior School.

For most of his career, Mr Shorthouse has worked in schools within the Telford and Wrekin Local Education Authority. His appointments included leadership roles at every level up to acting headship, before finally leading a team of consultants within the authority.

More recently, Mr Shorthouse successfully managed a primary school in the Channel Islands.

‘I really enjoyed living and working in Alderney. It’s a wonderful island and I was very fortunate to be able to lead a creative and ambitious staff who achieved so much for the school through their commitment to meet the needs of all the children,’ he said.

Over the last few months, Mr Shorthouse has enjoyed working with a range of schools in his capacity as a Regional Learning Adviser, providing support and professional development for teachers to enable them to enhance learning and teaching through the exploitation of digital and media technology.

The lure of a return to island life, a passion for leadership and, above all, the opportunity to once again make a positive difference to the lives of children resulted in his appointment to headteacher at Scoill Vallajeelt, which opened in 1992 and has 256 children on the register.

‘I am obviously very excited about taking on the role of headteacher at Scoill Vallajeelt. I am particularly looking forward to working with the children, with parents who clearly take an active interest in their children’s learning and with a team of dedicated and talented staff, so that together we can take this successful and thriving school to its next stage of development,’ Mr Shorthouse said.

Mr Walmsley commented:

‘Mr Shorthouse will, I am sure, move the school forward and I wish him every success in his new role.’

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