Rydal Penrhos School is pleased to announce its new Head of Sixth Form for the next academic year.
Leah Crimes, who is currently Head of English and Drama at the school, will be taking over from Peter Lavery in September after the popular figure accepted the Deputy Head (Pastoral) role at Barnard Castle School in County Durham.
The new appointment earned BA and MA qualifications from the University of Cambridge in English, Drama and Education, before beginning her professional teaching career in Rhyl and Denbigh.
She joined the Rydal Penrhos community as an English and Drama teacher in 2008, and also became an Assistant Houseparent at the school’s Beecholme Boarding House in 2009.
Mrs Crimes was promoted to Head of Drama soon after, and in 2014 she was given the role as Head of the English and Drama Faculty.
Her involvement with Rydal Penrhos’ Dramatic Society has brought some phenomenal shows such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Annie the Musical, and Mrs Crimes recently oversaw the first ever Creative and Performing Arts dinner and subsequent inaugural school colours awarded in the Arts.
Mrs Crimes, who is about to embark on her tenth year at Rydal Penrhos, said: “Sixth Form is an extremely important time. In our education system, students are making decisions about their futures at age 17 and they deserve to be excited, encouraged and supported.
“They deserve to strive for the absolute best. I want to promote and engender my love for learning and knowledge and instil that into adulthood; I still get a thrill when a student tells me they've read a book that I suggested.
“I am excited to be able to put my own stamp on to the Sixth Form, and build on the fantastic work of Peter Lavery. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with our prefect team, and our incoming Year 12 and 13.
“I will bring plenty of enthusiasm, knowledge, organisation; with a splash of jazz hands. I have high standards in both academia and behaviour. I firmly believe that if you have high aspirations and expectations of students, they will rise to meet them.
“As somebody who promotes the ethos of our school, alongside moral and ethical principles for the wider world, I have a vested interest in developing young people into aspirational and empowered adults in the world of work and beyond.”