New head for town school

Headteacher, Linda Foley at Holy Cross Catholic High School  with the new Headgirl Eleanor Turner, 15 and Headboy Adam Haywood, 15

Headteacher, Linda Foley at Holy Cross Catholic High School with the new Headgirl Eleanor Turner, 15 and Headboy Adam Haywood, 15

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A Chorley high school has welcomed a new head teacher.

Holy Cross High School on Myles Standish Way waved goodbye to head Wendy White at the end of the school year, and has now welcomed new leader Linda Foley.

Ms Foley, who joined earlier this month from St Gabriel’s RC School in Bury, said she wanted to build on the successes the school already established in last month’s GCSE results.

She said: “What I am conscious of is I don’t want to try and fix what isn’t broken.

“What I am focussing on at the moment is coming in and getting a feel for the community we already have here.

“I had heard really good things about the school and already knew people who worked here who said what a fantastic school it was, so when an opportunity came up I decided to go for it.

“I have had an amazing welcome so far and feel very at home.

“The older pupils have been very kind to me and the year 7 pupils in helping us to find our way around the maze of buildings.

“Everyone is delighted with our record breaking GCSE results and there is a real buzz of excitement about the new school year.”

The new head also said she was keen to ensure the school continued to support the friends of former pupil Thomas Barton, 15, who drowned in a reservoir in Yarrow Valley Park in May this year.

She said the school was already planning how to mark what would have been his 16th birthday in November.

Along with Ms Foley, the school is welcoming a new head boy and head girl in Adam Hayward and Eleanor Turner.

The pair endured a rigorous selection process to be appointed in the roles in July.

Ms Foley said: “Adam and Ellie share my philosophy that we are here to serve and to make a positive difference.”