FATHER of two Richard Woods says he is ‘very excited’ about his new role as the head of a school with a ‘wonderful reputation’.

Mr Woods is the new headteacher at St Nicholas’ Catholic High School in Northwich, his second headship after leading St Joseph’s, a Catholic school in Bolton.

“I live in the Shrewsbury Diocese, and spent many years here teaching in my early career and over 20 years as a helper with the pilgrimage to Lourdes,” said Mr Woods, 44, who lives on the Wirral.

“St Nicholas’ High School has always enjoyed a wonderful reputation, and I was very excited when the post of headteacher was advertised in September.

“I was appointed in October, and it has seemed like an age until my first day on April 18.

“I have received a very warm welcome from everyone – students, staff, governors and parents, as well as the local parish priests and local headteachers.

“My main priority for the term ahead is to do lots of listening – to students, staff, parents and carers, governors and the parish communities.

“I’ve already held a ‘meet the new headteacher’ evening, which was very well attended and many parents shared what they believe makes St Nicholas such a special community and what we could focus on over the months and years ahead.”

Mr Woods began teaching in 1995 as an RE teacher, and will be looking to ensure St Nicholas continues to be at ‘the forefront of educational policy and provision, providing the very best for our students’.

“I am looking forward to further developing links with local businesses, charities and residents to explore how we can support each other in Northwich in addressing local priorities and challenges together,” he added.

“It is a genuine privilege to be able to serve as headteacher at St Nicholas, and I am looking forward to a long and happy time here at the school.

“Like all teachers I don’t have much time for many things outside of school, and spend the majority of any spare time enjoying much-loved time with my family.

“I’m also a great fan of all types of music, from classical to rock, acoustic folk to R&B – and when I can I still enjoy playing the piano and guitar.”