New head to focus on leader skills of pupils
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