New head to fo­cus on leader skills of pupils

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

TYTHER­ING­TON School will welcome a new head­teacher in Septem­ber when cur­rent head­teacher Steve Jowett re­tires.

Tak­ing over the reins will be Manny Botwe, cur­rently deputy head­teacher at Did­cot Girls’ School in Ox­ford­shire, where he has been in charge of rais­ing stan­dards for five years.

Manny, 34, grew up in South Lon­don and stud­ied pol­i­tics, phi­los­o­phy and eco­nom­ics at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford where he also met his wife, Wendy, orig­i­nally from Pre­ston in Lan­cashire.

Manny said: “I am very lucky to be tak­ing over an al­ready strong school with im­pec­ca­ble stan­dards of be­hav­iour. One of my top pri­or­i­ties will be to main­tain high stan­dards across the board.”

The fa­ther of two girls – Polly Jean, three, and Edith, born last Christ­mas – is also keen to de­velop stu­dents’ lead­er­ship skills.

He said: “I want stu­dents to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity, to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills through serv­ing oth­ers.

“A par­tic­u­lar pas­sion of mine is also key so­cial skills as we move on in the 21st cen­tury.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence of young peo­ple is that they are re­source­ful and re­silient but we have to har­ness that.”

He added that he wanted the head­teacher to re­main ‘at the heart of the com­mu­nity’.

He said: “I’m a highly vis­i­ble head­teacher and will be at the gates and know all the stu­dents in­side out.

“I’m not the sort of per­son who is deskbound. I am rest­less in terms of im­prove­ment, out­ward fac­ing and con­nected to the com­mu­nity.”

Mov­ing to Cheshire is also some­thing he is ex­cited about. He said: “My fam­ily are de­lighted and we’re al­ready talk­ing about a Frozen theme for Polly Jean’s room.”

●● Manny Botwe is to take over as head­teacher of Tyther­ing­ton School

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