New Blessed Trinity headteacher predicts bright future

Richard Varley who is the headteacher Blessed Trinity RC College with year 9 students Corum-Lee Fegan (14) and Meghan Cryer (14).
Richard Varley who is the headteacher Blessed Trinity RC College with year 9 students Corum-Lee Fegan (14) and Meghan Cryer (14).

THE new headteacher of Burnley’s Blessed Trinity RC College has said the future is bright for his new school.

Mr Richard Varey (46) said the chance to lead the school was an exciting opportunity when he spoke to the Express in his first week since replacing former long-standing head Miss Bernadette Bleasdale who retired last term.

Richard Varley who is the headteacher Blessed Trinity RC College.

Richard Varley who is the headteacher Blessed Trinity RC College.

The positive teacher also said there were “question marks” over Ofsted’s decision last year to place the school in Special Measures, despite it being the best performing school in the borough in terms of GCSE results.

He said: “First and foremost I would like to thank Miss Bleasdale for the wonderful job she has done in the last 20 years, but particularly in the last few years which has been a very difficult time and seen a lot of upheaval in the school community.

“I think Blessed Trinity’s a very good school and I feel a sense of adventure about coming here. Recent monitoring visits from Ofsted have been positive and I’m confident the school has a very bright future.

“By working with parents, staff, governors and pupils I want to set the highest aspirations and establish a can-do culture for the school. I want every child to fulfil their potential.”

Mr Varey, a keen Newcastle United fan who was brought up in Stockton-on-Tees, has arrived from a five-year headship at St Bede’s Catholic High School, Ormskirk.

He started his career as an RE teacher at All Hallows in Penwortham and has worked in the North-West for 23 years.

The father-of-three has also said the future of Burnley as a town is bright and he was looking forward to working with the local community.

“Burnley is in the national spotlight and there are very some very exciting things happening in the town. There are the town’s wonderful new schools, university campus as well as business developments including the planned new rail link, which are all positive.

“Take into account the proximity to the BBC’s new Media City base at Salford and it is obvious there are some great incentives for our young people.

“On the sport side, the school has some fantastic facilities and I want us to work more closely with the local community on these. When children excel at sport they feel better about themselves.”

Away from school Mr Varey, who lives in Preston with his family, is also something of a musician. Indeed, he is the lead singer in a wedding band and also dabbles on the guitar and piano.

“Extra-curricular activities are important for children and we are placed in our fantastic new school to provide them.

“Walking around the school you can feel a sense of purposefulness around the place. I’ve been in Catholic education since I was four and it is definitely a sense of vocation.

“Together as a school community I’m sure we will achieve great things.”