School is aiming for excellence

�250,000 spent on new equipment and the school building at Todmorden High School. In the new Apple Mac suite, Headteacher Andrew Whitaker with year seven pupils
�250,000 spent on new equipment and the school building at Todmorden High School. In the new Apple Mac suite, Headteacher Andrew Whitaker with year seven pupils

Todmorden High School has spent £250,000 installing new facilities and improving the condition of the building to make it more aspirational for students.

Over the summer holidays, new IT equipment has been installed to create computer suites and work has been carried out on the fabric of the building.

And more good news could be on the way later in the year, with the possibility of further investment in the school.

Headteacher Andrew Whitaker said: “The young people are Todmorden High School have been getting it right for a number of years.

“It’s the building that needed to be spruced up and be more aspirational, so we spent £250,000 on it.

“More than half of that has been spent on IT in the classrooms, creating computer suites for the students.

“On the horizon we are getting very positive news about more investment in Todmorden High School.

“Hopefully we will have more information before we break up for Christmas on the level of investment and when that would start.”

Andrew, who took over as interim headteacher earlier in the year but has now been appointed on a permanent basis, plans to drive the school forward over the coming years.

He has set himself the target of 80 per cent of students achieving the key figure of five A*-C grades in their GCSE exams, including English and maths.

“I’m very pleased with the focus of the staff and the improvements that we have started to make at the school,” he said.

“The key measure for us is that all young people, irrelevant of their background or ability, make exceptional rates of progress.

“We were pleased but not satisfied with this summer’s exam results.

“We need to use it as a platform for this year.

“Without a doubt we can do better.”

His focus will be that every student who comes to Todmorden High School gets an equivalent education to the best educational establishments in the country.

“Our young people should expect to get that level of education,” he said.

“We will measure ourselves against the best private schools in the country.

“That gives us that focus so that we are always improving.”

Todmorden High School will hold its annual open evening on Thursday, September 19, from 6-9pm.