Royston schools merger: New headteacher joins RSAT from Saffron Walden academy

Gordon Farquhar has been announced as the new RSAT headteacher in Royston.

Gordon Farquhar has been announced as the new RSAT headteacher in Royston. - Credit: Archant

The Royston Schools Academy Trust – which is behind the proposals for a new through school in the town – has announced the appointment of a new headteacher.

Gordon Farquhar, who is currently principal of Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport near Saffron Walden, was chosen unanimously by the board and would lead the new through school.

The proposed school is the result of a merger of the Roysia and Greneway middle schools with Meridian School, which would create the through school for children aged nine to 18 from September 2018. The Department for Education is currently considering whether the merger should go ahead.

RSAT chair Carol Boston said: “A number of qualified and experienced candidates were assessed over several days, with school visits and presentations to pupils, staff and formal interview panels.

“Following the selection process and a unanimous board decision, an offer has been made to, and accepted by, Gordon Farquhar, principal of Joyce Frankland Academy near Saffron Walden, a secondary school rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

“In his presentations, Mr Farquhar impressed the panels with his enthusiasm and passion. During his five years at Joyce Frankland, Mr Farquhar has presided over a successful period of change and development, and is proud that ‘the attainment results are some of the best in the country’.”

RSAT has said Laura Rawlings – the current head of Greneway and Roysia – chose not to apply for the post, and will continue to lead the academy trust’s transformation process,

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Mrs Boston added: “The trustees are very grateful for all her hard work and very much hope to retain her services within the new school. Mrs Rawlings is looking forward to working with Mr Farquhar in the final stages of the transformation.”