Mr Crofts appointed Acting Headteacher

The end of the spring term saw the departure of Richard Williman after six years as Headteacher of Withernsea High School.

As of Sunday 1st April, former Deputy Headteacher Mark Crofts became the school’s Acting Head and will now lead the school through the coming months while the governing body continues the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. 

A familiar face to many in the wider school community, Mr Crofts is now in his twelfth year at the school having first joined as an Assistant Headteacher in January 2006. In September 2008 he was appointed Acting Deputy Headteacher before permanently securing the role in March 2009.

Mr Crofts commented: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed Acting Headteacher and I look forward to helping take the school forward, building momentum and continuing the improvements of the last six years.

Change brings about great opportunities and I’m excited for what the future holds as the school continues its journey to ensure our students achieve more than they thought possible.’

Students returned from the Easter break to a renewed set of priorities, focussing on respect and responsibility, which are aimed at maintaining and reinforcing the strength of the school community. 

With the exam season fast approaching, all students are being encouraged to sustain a calm and purposeful atmosphere around the school and deliver the very best conditions for the examination groups.

Mr Crofts added: ‘Throughout the first week back, I was delighted to see our staff and students collectively demonstrating the strong community that Withernsea High School is known for by responding positively to the priorities set out for the term ahead.

The summer term, is without doubt, the most crucial term in any school’s academic year and I am grateful for the calm and focussed way in which it has begun. I know these qualities will be maintained by our students throughout the coming weeks, into the exam period and beyond.’

Mr Williman leaves for pastures new

Mr Williman joined Withernsea High School as its Headteacher in January 2012 - becoming only the seventh Head to have led the school since its creation in 1948.

In his comparatively short time here, he oversaw some of the biggest changes in the school’s history, including: the introduction of a new uniform, logo and school motto plus completion of the multi-million pound school rebuild and refurbishment project.

Accompanying these introductions was his confidence and unrelenting belief in our students that, through hard work and commitment, they can achieve more than they thought possible - both in and out of school.

In December 2016, Ofsted confirmed what we already knew – that Withernsea High School is a good school.

Just over a year after this judgement, Mr Williman has left the school in a strong and confident position, with a multitude of talented students displaying a clear passion for learning and a desire to do their best thanks to the hard work and support of dedicated staff.  

Mr Crofts commented: ‘Mr Williman showed great dedication to the school’s progress. We are grateful for the many positive changes that his energetic leadership brought about – changes which have driven the school from strength-to-strength. 

On behalf of myself, the students, the staff and wider school community, I would like to thank Mr Williman for his commitment to Withernsea High School and wish him all the best in his new headship.'

Mr Williman commented:  ‘I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone connected to our school community for the significant support that has been given during the last six years. Without this support, we would not have made the progress that we have and I am very grateful to you all. I know this will continue and that you will fully support Mr Crofts and the staff as they improve the school further.

It has been a real privilege to have been Headteacher at the school and to have worked with such committed staff, Governors and LA partners and with such a supportive parent body and community as we have in Withernsea. I am immensely proud of the achievements our students have gained as a result and for making our aim of "working together, achieving more" a reality.

On behalf of the students, everyone associated with the school and myself, thank you and best wishes to everyone for the future.’

A full-page feature on Mr Williman's time at the school recently featured in the Holderness Gazette. Please click here to view the article.

ABOVE: Former Headteacher Richard Williman hands over to Acting Headteacher Mark Crofts.

Mr Williman, who joined Withernsea High School after serving as a Deputy Headteacher at Cottingham High School, has now left to take on the headship of South Hunsley Secondary School and Sixth Form College.