THE new term has brought a new era for Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park. Last week, David Croston, formerly deputy head at Friern Barnet School, started as Chancellor’s permanent Headteacher.

After completing one week in post, Mr Croston reflected on his initial few days. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first week. A school is defined by its members and it has been a pleasure to meet the staff and students of Chancellor’s and to observe the teaching and learning here.”

Mr Croston has had a long wait for the start of his first Headship, having been appointed back in July. “I have been involved in the leadership of Chancellor’s behind the scenes since July, so it is excellent to be here, leading the school outright at last. My priority has been to form positive and purposeful relationships. I was lucky enough to have time with the staff on the first day where I could set out my expectations and vision. We explored the core business of the school; engaging and challenging teaching and learning. As colleagues, we will be modelling and insisting on the highest possible standards at all times.”

Since April 2011, Chancellor’s School has been very successfully led by Executive Headteacher, Josephine Valentine and Associate Headteacher, Geoff Butler both of St Clements Danes, Chorleywood.

“It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of such a great school community and I have experienced a very warm welcome. The students deserve an outstanding educational experience and I will be challenging and supporting the students, staff, parents and Governors to ensure that this happens.”

Mr Croston’s week finished with Chancellor’s annual Presentation Evening at which he spoke about the successes of last year’s students. “It was wonderful to speak of the remarkable accomplishments of our students and to meet their proud parents. I know that there will be many, many occasions like this, to experience and celebrate our students’ superb achievements.”