New headteacher of St Peter's High School on how he plans to take the school forward
AFTER years supporting the current headteacher, Philip Rush will take the helm at St Peter's High School – and he knows he has "big boots" to fill.
His promotion from deputy head will see him become just the fourth headteacher in the school's 49-year history.
Mr Rush, 57, from Stroud, has been at the Roman Catholic academy school for 30 of those years – two more than the current incumbent, Lawrence Montagu.
Mr Rush, who takes the position in September, said: "I know the school very well and I am not about to make wholesale changes.
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"I have big boots to fill and I will continue much of the good work set down by Mr Montagu. But I am going to be me, I am not going to be Mr Montagu.
"You have to change to stand still, and there are some things we need to improve which I will be looking at."
Mr Rush, who is married to Caroline, aims to help those at each end of the education spectrum.
He added: "I want every pupil to succeed. I will be looking at introducing new courses such as level one media for those at the lower end, and I also feel we should be celebrating the high achievers more than we do."
A previous head of English, Mr Rush has two children – Emily, a nurse, and Aidan, who works in IT at St Peter's. He also has three grandchildren.
He began his teaching career in 1978 at Saintbridge School, before heading to Churchdown school.
"I am excited and anxious going forward in equal measures," he added.
"Funding is the biggest challenge I face, but I am looking forward to being headteacher."