A NEW year signalled a fresh start for an Ashfield secondary school with the arrival of a new headteacher.
Kevin Gaiderman has been appointed headteacher of Selston Arts and Community College, replacing Di Stendall, who retired at Christmas after 12 years as the school’s head.
Mr Gaiderman (47) is working in Ashfield for the first time, arriving in Selston from Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where he was deputy headteacher for five years.
The school saw significant, rapid improvements in student achievement while he was there and he is relishing the exciting challenges he faces in his new role.
Mr Gaiderman said: “Schools are going through transition with new curriculum announcements eagerly anticipated, but also significant funding issues inevitably affecting the opportunities available to fully develop our youngsters.
“The students at Selston Arts and Community College deserve the very best and that is what we will strive to achieve.”
Mr Gaiderman said the opportunity to be part of a new team taking the school forward was one he could not ignore and he is optimistic, but also realistic, about the potential for new school facilities becoming available under Government funding arrangements.
“I am extremely heartened by the warm welcome and initial response I have received from both students and staff,” he said.
“We will work together to continue moving the college forward in all aspects of its work.
“I want to build on the excellent foundations laid by the previous headteacher Di Stendall and am very impressed with the commitment and dedication of all staff at the college.”
Mr Gaiderman, who is originally from Worcester, attended the Royal Grammar School and went on to study physical education and mathematics at St Paul’s and St Mary’s College, before gaining his Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Management at the Open University.
He is a very keen sportsman having represented England students at rugby and continues to enjoy golf, swimming and trips to the gym.