Mr Johnston takes on top role permanently

Gavin Johnston. the new headteacher at St Michael's C of E First School in Alnwick.
Gavin Johnston. the new headteacher at St Michael's C of E First School in Alnwick.

A north Northumberland first school has welcomed in the new year by giving its acting headteacher the top role on a permanent basis.

Gavin Johnston, who has worked up through the ranks since he started at Alnwick’s St Michael’s CofE First School in 2007, took on full responsibility at the start of this term.

The 35-year-old is absolutely delighted to be headteacher at St Michael’s and sees it as a ‘huge privilege’ to work alongside ‘such an amazing team of staff and governors’.

“I can’t believe that it has really happened,” he said. “I love this school and want the best for everyone here.”

After studying to be a teacher, specialising in music, Gavin graduated from Ripon and York St John in 2000, going on to teach in primary, first and middle schools in North Yorkshire and Northumberland.

From Middlesbrough, Gavin has lived in Alnwick since 2003 and also married an Alnwick woman, Lindsay. The couple have three children – Adam, eight, and Sophie, five, who both attend St Michael’s, and one-and-a-half-year-old Lucy.

He joined the St Michael’s team as inclusion coordinator and has since been assistant and acting headteacher.

Gavin has led many initiatives at the school including the development of Spanish, helping the school to win Spanish School of the Year in 2009 and the International School Award the following year.

Alongside his teaching, he has completed a Master’s degree in education at Newcastle University based on curriculum and assessment techniques, which have had a positive impact on his practice back in school.

Looking to the future, Gavin wants to further develop links with other schools including their partner in Spain and their new friends in Byker, while working in close partnership with local church schools and neighbours in the town towards the common goal of excellent education that prepares children for the future.