St Gregory’s Catholic School has welcomed new Academy Principal

HEAD START Phil Byrne and some of his St Gregory’s pupils

Phil Byrne has started his new role at the secondary school, which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and located in Reynolds Lane in Tunbridge Wells…


St Gregory’s Catholic School says it is ‘delighted’ to welcome Phil Byrne as its new Academy Principal.

Mr Byrne replaces Sean McQuillan, who retired at the end of the summer term after 17 years at the school, which is based in Reynolds Lane.

With more than 21 years’ experience in secondary education, Mr Byrne joins the co-educational school after spending seven years as a Deputy Headteacher in an ‘outstanding’ Catholic school in West Sussex.

Commenting on his appointment to the post, Mr Byrne said: “I am delighted and honoured to be the new Academy Principal at St Gregory’s Catholic School.

“I am keen to get to know the students, staff and parents. St Gregory’s has a history of success and excellence and I firmly believe that I have a duty and responsibility to ensure we give our children the very best life chance through a fantastic education. I will strive for this in all we do at St Gregory’s, from the day-to-day routines and expectations, to seeking the best opportunities for our students to flourish and achieve.”

Reflecting on his former experience at both St Paul’s Catholic College and a large comprehensive in Brighton, Mr Byrne added: “I have learnt to value the bond between home and school. I know that a happy and successful school will depend on us working together with our parents and families.”

As part of this ethos, Mr Byrne has already started to host a number of events in school to encourage this successful partnership. Throughout this term, St Gregory’s is presenting Year Group Information Evenings, where parents can meet staff and gain information to help them support their child’s education. A new monthly ‘Open Door’ session also welcomes parents into school to meet Mr Byrne and discuss any concerns.

Talking about his plans for the future, Mr Byrne stated: “I am looking forward to finding out more about the school, the students and families so that the changes are made to ensure the school moves forward and is supported by the school community.

“I have been so impressed with our students and how they are adapting to the new academic year with a new Principal. We have a fantastic school, with superb facilities to enhance their education.

“Above all else, I wish for the students at St Gregory’s to be happy and successful, and to be able to achieve their full potential. We are committed to having St Gregory’s as one of the highest-achieving schools in the area. We have a brilliant group of staff who teach with great passion and enthusiasm, whilst supporting the students with love and kindness. We know it is our duty to assist our students to achieve their very best and to provide them the greatest opportunity to be successful.”

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