New headteacher for junior school

FILEY Junior School has appointed a new headteacher in Harvey McCarthey, who will be joining the school in September.

Mr McCarthey is currently headteacher of Ruswarp CofE Primary School near Whitby, which won high praise from inspectors in its latest Ofsted report last summer.

One of the school’s achievements was the children’s organisation of the first Whitby Film Festival for schools.

Before joining Ruswarp School three years ago, he was senior manager – or deputy head – at Hertford Vale School in Staxton.

Mr McCarthey, who is 37 and married with three children, said: “I came over to Hunmanby about 10 years ago and started a teaching post at Northstead School in Scarborough. Before that I’d been in Leeds.

“Having lived in the Hunmanby area, I’m very familiar with Filey and want to replicate the success we’ve had at Ruswarp School, in Filey.”

Like his predecessor, Mr McCarthey lives with his family in Scarborough.

He said: “I’ve had a friendly welcome from the staff and governors at Filey, and I’m definitely looking forward to coming back that way and working with the community.”

Parents have been informed of Mr McCarthey’s appointment and the school website says: “He comes to us with a wealth of experience which the governors are sure will be of great benefit to the pupils of Filey Junior School.”

Since previous headteacher Richard Hirst retired last year, the school has had a vacancy for a headteacher which was filled by joint acting headteachers Maggie Hebden and Ian Grice.

They will continue in the role until Mr McCarthey takes up the post of headteacher at the start of the new academic year.

Mr Hirst – who was a popular and well-respected head – stepped down after 27 years at Filey Junior School to develop his role as a director at Doncaster Rovers.