New Head Appointed at Micklefield School
Micklefield is to have the school’s first Headmaster, since it was founded in 1910. This follows Mrs Lyn Rose’s announcement that she would be retiring after 13 years as Headmistress at Micklefield School at the end of the Summer Term 2019. Mr. Ryan Ardé brings with him 20 years of educational experience, most recently as a Trust Headteacher of two South London primary schools and Safeguarding Lead for fourteen academies within the STEP Academy Trust. A local man, Mr Ardé lives with his wife and two young boys in Reigate.
Mr Ardé comments: “Mrs Rose has left a strong legacy at Micklefield School. As the only truly independent Independent school in Reigate, it has a reputation for delivering high quality education and ensuring pupils are equipped for entry into a range of senior schools at the age of eleven. This year its current Year 6 children have been offered a fantastic 21 scholarships between them. ‘Achievement through hard work, strength through kindness,’ is the foundation of my educational philosophy, which I look forward to sharing with Micklefield pupils. This is only fostered through establishing, maintaining and defending the highest academic and personal expectations for all pupils.”
“Ensuring pupils reach their full potential is something I firmly believe in and I look forward to continuing to drive the school forward in further successes.”
Over the past two years, Mr. Ardé’s academy performed in line with the top 10% of all maintained schools nationally and in the last academic year it ranked in the top 4% of all maintained schools for progress. It has recently achieved an IQM Centre of Excellence Award status. Mr. Ardé holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) and before becoming a Headteacher he served as a Deputy Head, Assistant Headteacher and Class teacher, holding his first teaching position back in 2001.
The school’s current Headmistress, Mrs Lyn Rose comments: “We warmly welcome Mr. Ardé as the successor to my post. We were fortunate to have a strong field of candidates and I know that our Chair, Mrs Hamilton, and her fellow governors have been painstaking in their approach to select the best candidate. Some of the Year 6 children took part in the interview process, posing some challenging questions of their own on behalf of the school. Their feedback to the panel was very important. I look forward to starting the handover process so that a smooth transition can be achieved and the staff and children can get to know their new Head before he starts in September.”
There will be an opportunity for both new and current parents and their families to meet with Mr. Ardé at the school’s next Open Morning on Saturday 9th March from 10am-12 noon.