THE new headteacher of an East Durham school is on a mission to improve his students’ prospects.
Kelvin Simpson took up the reins at Dene Community School, in Manor Way, in Peterlee, at the start of the year, taking over from predecessor George Harris.
The dad-of-two has spent more than 20 years teaching in community schools across County Durham.
The 43-year-old said: “When walking into Dene Community School I immediately felt the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
“Staff speak of a desire to achieve the best for their students. Teams of dedicated professionals aiming towards a common goal to improve every child’s life chances.”
Mr Simpson, who is originally from Darlington but now lives in Durham City, added: “Dene is a proud school with excellent community links, I feel extremely privileged to have been given this opportunity.
“I am excited to join a committed, dedicated team of staff who provide a high quality academic education, excellent enrichment activities and have a clear focus on celebrating every student’s achievements.
“I am fortunate to be joining the school after not only the completion of the fantastic new facilities but also huge progress in the academic results of the school.
“I hope to work with the teams of staff, students and parents to ensure that this success is continued and built upon.
“The school will strive to ensure each child values both themselves and others, has confidence to achieve their potential and the resilience of character to enjoy life and work.”