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[02 NOV 99] KING HENRY VIII SCHOOL NEWS
New Headmaster For King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII School, CoventryThe new headmaster of King Henry VIII has described his new position as "coming home" after leaving Warwickshire in 1996.

George Fisher has spent the last three years as the headmaster of The Crypt School in Gloucester, but will leave his post to join King Henry’s at the beginning of the summer term on 1 May.

However Fisher already has strong connections in the county after spending several years as deputy head of King Edward VI School in Stratford.

He said:

"I know Warwickshire very well and a lot of my family are still here so this will really be like coming home for me and I am very excited about the position.

"I will be sorry to leave Gloucester but I am thoroughly looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and getting stuck into the new task.

"The great challenge for me is to harness all of the enormous potential within the staff and the pupils and make sure we build on what is already a formidable reputation – we cannot be complacent."

And despite the recent troubles at the school in the last 12 months, both headmaster Terence Vardon and maths teacher John Skirmer left the school after accusations of child pornography, Fisher believes there is no crisis.

He said:

"When you walk around the school the thing that strikes you is the great atmosphere and it is a very welcoming community.

"It is certainly in no sense at all a community that is in any state of shock and I don’t think the recent happenings will in any way make my job more difficult.

"The present acting head Neville Ireland and his senior management team has done an excellent job and I think the line in the sand will have been drawn long before I take over."

And the new headmaster believes that the academic record of King Henry’s will continue remain at the top level.

"The academic achievement is absolutely first class at the school and we have to look at maintaining that whilst looking at developments in other areas – it is a formidable reputation and I look forward to enhancing that."
      

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