I am Gillian Middlemas, and I am very proud to be Headteacher of Whitworth Community High School. I was originally an English teacher, held various pastoral and academic leadership roles in schools in Rochdale and Oldham, before joining Haslingden High School in 2005 as Deputy Headteacher. I first came to the school in May 2013 on a temporary secondment, at the request of the local authority, and as part of my school’s commitment to supporting educational developments locally. Having enjoyed leading Whitworth Community High School through an exciting and challenging period, I became the permanent postholder at Easter 2014.
My vision is for us to be an outstanding school, and in December 2014 we made a great step in that direction by achieving an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating for all aspects of our work. Since then, we have achieved the school’s best ever GCSE exam results, and our policies and practices to keep students safe were validated as ‘exemplary’ by Ofsted in December 2015. In December 2017, Ofsted once again rated us ‘Good’ for all aspects of the Inspection Framework – recognition of our continuing success in raising standards and improving outcomes.
As an Associate Adviser with the local authority, I have the opportunity to share some of our school’s good practice and also to learn from the schools I support.
My educational philosophy is simple: we have a moral imperative to improve the life chances of all our students and to give them opportunities and experiences which will change their lives and enable them to go on to better the lives of others. I want our young people to be proud of where they come from – of their school and their community - and to be ambitious and aspirational in all they do.
Mrs G Middlemas