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New head ready for challenge

Worcester Editorial 22nd Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE NEWLY-appointed headteacher of RGS Worcester has pledged to help take the school to new heights when he takes over the reigns later this year.

John Pitt, who is currently second master of Whitgift School in Croydon, has this week been announced as the school’s new headteacher.

The father-of three-will succeed Andrew Rattue who will step down from his current post in the summer to become head of King’s College in Madrid.

Mr Pitt said he was “extremely privileged” to have been chosen for the role and he said he was now looking forward to begin his tenure in September.

“As one of the country’s oldest schools, RGS Worcester has a wonderful history, an exciting present and a bright future.” he said.

“Andy Rattue is leaving the school in excellent shape and I have been impressed by what I have seen on my visits.  Pupils, staff, parents and

Governors have all been very welcoming and are justifiably proud of their school.

“I look forward to building upon the success achieved so far in all areas including the academic and co-curricular, as well as enhancing still further the strong pastoral care and the many and varied opportunities available to the pupils.

“My family and I are eagerly awaiting next September and the chance to join such an excellent school.”

After gaining his teaching qualifications from the Cambridge University where he had also studied history, Mr Pitt began his career at Whitgift School.

He then became academic deputy head at The Portsmouth Grammar School in 2003 before he was invited back to Whitgift, which is renowned as one of the top independent day schools in the London area, take on the role of second master in 2007.

Rosemary Ham, chair of governors at RGS Worcester, said the school attracted an “impressive field” of candidates for the position, but she added: “John Pitt’s superb experience in the highly competitive environment of South London and his commitment to the highest standards in all areas of school life make him the ideal candidate to build on the work of Mr Andrew Rattue and to take RGS Worcester to the next level of achievement.

“The governors unanimously believe that the school will be in very safe hands.”

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