‘I want Midhurst Rother College to be a seven year journey of learning’

Stuart Edwards
Stuart Edwards

He’s a man with high expectations and ideals and he is not afraid to put his own stamp on Midhurst Rother College.

Stuart Edwards is well aware he faces a challenge as he takes over from Dr Joe Vitagliano as principal. But he comes with his own ideas and an air of confidence that he can lead the school to even greater heights.

“Joe did a fantastic job and built it up from a troubled school that had been in special measures to its ‘outstanding status’. He leaves some big boots to fill, but I will bring a difference in the way I do things. I will build on Joe’s legacy and help the school move forward into the future.”

And he has hit the tarmac running already introducing a ‘mastery’ curriculum to meet to face changing and more challenging GCSE requirements.

He is keen to help students learn better, achieve their maximum potential and broaden ‘enrichment’ opportunities.

Stuart also wants to grow the sixth form: “I want the school to be a seven year journey and one of my priorities is to have conversations with young people about what the sixth form here can offer them.”

A German specialist, Stuart (42) comes from The Regis, another United Learning academy at Bognor Regis where he was head of school.

Married to Sarah, deputy head of The Weald, and with a nine year old daughter, the family live in Billingshurst.

Stuart has spent most of his career teaching in coastal schools at Hastings, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis.

Keen on a hands-on approach to his new post, he has already adopted a habit of striding around the school for at least an hour a day meeting and talking to pupils.

And aiming to prepare the younger pupils for changing GCSE’s ahead he has introduced the ‘mastery’ curriculum based on a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of subjects: “I want to prepare pupils for a new exam era and my message has been I have high expectations for the whole school community. I want to raise aspirations so there are no limits to success.”

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