Carl Smith, the new principal of Casterton College, Rutland promised ‘virtually a new school’ as he laid out his vision for a bright new future for the college.
Educated at Warwick University, Mr Smith was the first advanced skills teacher in the UK, and is the author of several books on education.
Previously, he was the head of Rutland County College where he oversaw a complete transformation in the college’s fortunes, increasing numbers by 30 per cent and vastly improving results. Twenty-five per cent of students at the college last year progressed on to a Russell Group University.
Carl vowed: “Casterton is, and will remain the school of choice for Stamford and East Rutland parents, but the changes I am introducing will make it feel like virtually a new school.
“Our results are currently 20 per cent ahead of our nearest neighbours but they are set to rise much higher over the next few years and the school will start to look and feel very different.”
Carl has taught in 11-18 schools for over 25 years and “absolutely loves teaching!” In his opening assembly to students he told them that their “ability is not fixed and that improvement always comes from sheer hard-work, persistence and a willingness to learn from your mistakes”. He added that “dreams don’t work unless you do” and theirs will be a school where young people can be both ‘successful and happy’.
Casterton has an open evening for prospective parents and young people on Wednesday, July 8, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, and the college is being opened for tours led by the principal or a member of senior team every Thursday from 9am-10.30am throughout this term.