OSWESTRY School’s new headmaster has thanked staff members and pupils for welcoming him and his family into their community.
Julian Noad (pictured) began his role as headmaster at the school six weeks ago and has spoken of his delight at leading a school with such eminent standing.
Mr Noad is effusive in his praise of the school’s proud history, recent achievements and future plans.
He said: “It is with great pride that I take up the reins as headmaster, of this magnificent school: a school with a rich and long history; a school with a strong heart; and a school in which its pupils learn ‘for life’.
“So many new faces, and so much to learn. In every way I have been well looked after by pupils, staff and parents. I shall not yet count any chickens but the year has begun well.”
Originally from Kent, Mr Noad began his teaching career in a maintained middle school in Dorset, as Head of Science, before moving on to Clifton College in Bristol with roles in the academic office and six years as a boarding housemaster.
Most recently he worked in North Wales as Deputy Head of Rydal Penrhos School before taking the headship at Oswestry at the beginning of this term.
Mr Noad believes that his experience of working within other rural areas will be an asset to his work in the town.
He said: “I understand schools like Oswestry: I know how they depend upon strong community; I know how a broad range of interests must work together; and I know how to deliver.”
With reference to his first impressions of his new role and his new home town, Mr Noad believes that the area is a ‘special’ place to live and to learn.
He said: “I have been struck by the interest shown in our school within the region. I have also been bowled over by the loyalty of the support from former pupils. I hope that we can continue to build upon this.
“Boys and girls leave Oswestry as academically successful, happy, caring and grounded individuals prepared for the world before them, as befits the school’s motto, ‘we learn not for school, but for life’.”