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Council delight as specialist school welcomes new head teacher

Published Monday 7 October 2019 at 14:01

A local specialist school maintained by Blackburn with Darwen Council is celebrating after welcoming a new head teacher.

The multi-faith Newfield School provides high quality specialist education for children and young people aged 2 – 19.

New head-teacher, Rik Robinson, aged 41 from Blackpool, was appointed at the school at the start of the current term.

He brings with him a wealth of educational experience, both in mainstream and special educational needs schools.

His most recent role was as Deputy Head Teacher at Fairfield School in Kirklees.

Rik joins the school at a great time after it recently opened up a specialist building for children with autism. The multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility was opened to mark World Autism Awareness Day last October.

Rik said:

I am delighted and honoured to have started the new term as the new head teacher at Newfield School.

My philosophy for education is one which is based around a strong child-centred approach. I believe that all children are amazing and have unique potential waiting to be unlocked.

It is a privilege, as a teacher and a leader, to be able to inspire, enthuse, motivate and nurture children to fully achieve this.

Councillor Maureen Bateson, Executive Member for Children’s, Young People and Education, said:

I’m sure Rik will build on the fantastic work already being done at the school. Newfield is an outstanding provision for children with autism and deserves someone with such a rich background in education and special educational needs.”

Find out more about Newfield School and the specialist centre for autism.

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