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New headteacher outlines her aims and ambitions for Driffield School

Driffield School & Sixth Form’s new headteacher Vicky Loftus said she is honoured to be leading the school through the next stage of its exciting journey and is passionate about improving the life chances of young people.

Mrs Loftus, who has worked at Driffield School for the past six years, will take up her new post at the end of this month and will continue to work closely with current headteacher Scott Ratheram who is moving to concentrate on his role working across all schools in the Education Alliance Multi-Academy Trust (TEAL).

Having been a senior leader within the Education Alliance Trust for 10 years, Mrs Loftus started as a teacher of English and then became director of English at South Hunsley School in 2013.

I am looking forward to leading our brilliant staff and helping them deliver a great education for our wonderful students.

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In 2016, she became trust director of English and began working with colleagues at Driffield School & Sixth Form. Two years later, she was promoted to assistant headteacher and full-time member of the Leadership Team at Driffield.

Within a year she took on the post of deputy headteacher for curriculum and standards, which has seen her work closely with subject leaders to develop the curriculum and standards of teaching across the school.

Mrs Loftus said she was over the moon to be appointed headteacher.

She told the Wolds Weekly: “I started Driffield School at the same time as Scott and have spent the last four-and-a-half years working closely with him to raise the standards across the school and ensure that the education we provide has a positive impact on all our students.

“I love working here and I am honoured to be the headteacher who leads the school through the next stage of its exciting journey.

“I am extremely passionate about improving the life chances of young people and, even though Driffield has seen great improvement over the last few years, I am dedicated to improving it even further.

“I am looking forward to leading our brilliant staff and helping them deliver a great education for our wonderful students.”

She said her priority is to ensure that all students have access to a great education.

“I want all of our students to leave us with the best possible outcomes, a wide range of memorable experiences and an abundance of positive memories,” she added.

“Ofsted judged us as a Good school in January 2020, we have solid foundations and a great opportunity to build on them and improve the school even further in the coming years.”

She added that one of the biggest challenges facing schools at the moment is the cost of living crisis and said she hopes the school can support the community through this in any way it can.

Finally, she paid tribute to her predecessor Scott Ratheram and vowed to continue to build on his work to improve the school.

“Scott has been an inspirational leader at Driffield and the staff and students have been very lucky to have him,” she said.

“I’m now looking forward to building on the improvements everyone has worked so hard to achieve and I’m confident it will see the school continue on its upward trajectory.”

In a letter to parents, trust CEO Jonny Uttley and chair of governors Karen Dow said: “Mrs Loftus is liked and respected by staff and students alike and governors and the board of The Education Alliance Trust are delighted that she will continue to lead the school on the path set by Mr Ratheram, with his ongoing encouragement and support as executive principal of the trust.

“We are particularly pleased that in moving into headship, Mrs Loftus was so keen to stay within our trust and at Driffield School, a place she cares deeply about.”

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