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New headteacher appointed at Leyland school

Balshaw's CE High School headteacher, Jo Venn, with Steven Haycocks, who will take on the headship in September when Miss Venn retires

Balshaw's CE High School headteacher, Jo Venn, with Steven Haycocks, who will take on the headship in September when Miss Venn retires

Staff at Balshaw’s CE High School in Leyland have appointed their 14th headteacher since 1782 as successor to Miss Jo Venn, who retires at the end of the school year.

Mr Steven Haycocks is currently the deputy headteacher at Skipton Girls’ High School, and has worked in schools for the past 17 years, as a senior leader for the last seven.

He said: “I am looking forward immensely to being the 14th headteacher in the proud 232-year history at Balshaw’s, following 20 years of outstanding leadership from Jo Venn.”

Mr Haycocks met his wife, Emma, on the senior leadership team at a school in Lancashire in 2005 and he has two children – Lara, five, and Theo, two.

Originally from the Wirral, Merseyside, Mr Haycocks was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School.

Before going to read English Language and Literature at Newcastle University, he spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in North East Hungary.

Although qualifying as an English teacher from Manchester University, his first leadership role was as head of ICT.

And Mr Haycocks says he has always valued the power that technology has to transform the way that young people are able to learn.

As a practising Christian in the parish of Waddington, he also plays an active part in the life of the church.

Miss Venn said: “Steven will be an excellent headteacher and has all the skills to take Balshaw’s from strength to strength.

“I know that staff, pupils, parents and governors will agree that he is definitely the right person for the future of Balshaw’s.”

 

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