THE new headteacher of an independent school has spoken of the great ‘honour and privilege’ at becoming the first non-member of its founding Carrdus family to take up the role.
Edward Way – previously of Great Tew Primary School – is just the third headteacher in the 60-year history of Carrdus School on Blacklocks Hill, just outside Banbury.
He follows school founder Kathleen Carrdus and her daughter Susie, who retired at the end of the last school term after 27 years, in the role.
He said: “I feel very honoured, very privileged and very excited to be in the role.
“I am very keen to help the school and continue building the success of the Carrdus family.
“I had been at Great Tew for ten years and absolutely loved it there. But when I first came to the Carrdus School to have a look around, I loved it from the first minute.
“This is a new challenge and one that I am very excited about. The staff have been incredibly supportive to me since I have arrived. They are very warm and welcoming and I can see it is a very happy school here.
“Its ethos is very similar to Great Tew.”
Mr Way is looking forward to speaking to parents of pupils at the school as he looks to build its future.
He added: “There are a lot of questions that people are asking about the school and I want to be able to include everyone in the conversation on plans. I want to preserve its ethos and to build on what is already here.”
The school used to be a Victorian hunting lodge and has a swimming pool and sports hall.
Mr Way said: “It is an old Victorian building that dates back to the 1840s and the 12-acre site is perfect for the children.”