New headteacher for Shuttleworth College

Headteacher of Shuttleworth College in Padiham, Bob Wakefield. G070711/2
Headteacher of Shuttleworth College in Padiham, Bob Wakefield. G070711/2

THE new headteacher at Shuttleworth College has said he wants his students to “achieve their potential and beyond”.

Bob Wakefield has taken the helm at Shuttleworth College following the retirement of Martin Burgess, and says he is looking forward to the challenge.

Born in Liverpool, the former Kirkham Grammar School pupil said the key to a good school was for pupils to be happy.

He said: “I like to see a happy school with good relationships between staff and children. I want lessons to be exciting and for the children to be enriched by after-school activities.

“I have been impressed by what I’ve seen so far at Shuttleworth.

“The building and grounds are fantastic. The school is back on the way up after a difficult start and I want to build on that.”

Mr Wakefield (52) certainly has plenty of experience. After graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a degree in biology, he started as a science teacher at Oakwood High, south Manchester. He then spent 11 years as head of biology at Moston Brook School, ending up as deputy headteacher, before moving to a school in Huddersfield.

His first headship was at Alder Community High in Tameside, where he raised the school’s performance of 8% achieving five or more GCSE grades A to C, including maths and English, to 47% by the time he left.

He was then recruited by the local authority in Tameside to work on its own Building Schools for the Future programme, advising on school architecture and design.

“I spent 12 months doing that, which I enjoyed, but I didn’t want to be stuck in an office for the rest of my career. I missed schools.

“I very nearly became a pharmacist after graduating, but I am so glad I chose teaching. It is the best decision I ever made.

“I cannot think of a more rewarding and enjoyable career.”

Mr Wakefield, who lives near Stockport with his wife Lisa and children Connie and Billy, is a keen Liverpool FC fan, but says he will take in a few Turf Moor games.