New Deputy Director for Education and Schools in North Yorkshire | New
A new deputy headmistress will soon take over the head of County Council relations with schools, as she joins North Yorkshire Children’s Services during a time of great change.
Amanda Newbold will join the council at the end of this month, coming from Wolverhampton City Council where she has worked in school improvement for the past five years.
Amanda has 20 years of experience in education, working in teaching, school leadership and governance before joining local government. She began her career as a schoolteacher in Staffordshire in 2001, before moving on to become deputy principal and then principal. While working as a principal, she improved her school’s performance at Ofsted from Needing Improvement at Bonne, while overseeing the move of her school to a new site. Most recently, Amanda ran a service in Wolverhampton City Council that helped 87% of the city’s schools to be rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
Amanda’s wealth of experience will be essential for the board in its work on the impact of Covid -19 on schools. She said: “The opportunity to bring my skills and experience to the beautiful county of North Yorkshire and to work with a new range of schools and settings in a completely different geographic context is extremely exciting for me. I know there are some extremely solid foundations to build on. I also hope to find the time to explore the county, its moors and valleys.
“It is clear that I will be joining you during a most unusual time as North Yorkshire and the rest of the UK reopen and learn to adapt and live with the coronavirus. However, one way or another, I look forward to speaking, meeting and working with all of you to ensure that the results for North Yorkshire children and young people are as great as they deserve. .
Amanda will replace the current Deputy Director of Education and Skills for North Yorkshire, Judith Kirk, who joined North Yorkshire County Council in February 2018. Judith started her career as a teacher at Barnet in 1986 and worked in several local authorities before joining North Yorkshire. She will be retiring to spend more time with her family. Judith will also be training to complete a two-man relay in the English Channel in 2021. Last year, she swam 21 miles in Lake Windermere to raise money for charity.
North Yorkshire County Council Director of Children and Youth Services Stuart Carlton said: “We look forward to welcoming Amanda to the team and sharing her rich experience and enthusiasm with our educational services and our local schools.
“We would also like to warmly thank Judith for the hard work and expertise she brought to her role and the impact that has had on education in North Yorkshire. It was greatly appreciated and we wish him the best for the future.