ONE of Trafford's best performing schools is saying goodbye to its Head Master after 15 years of service.

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys confirmed Head Master Tim Gartside will leave the school to be replaced by ex-marine Graeme Wright.

But Mr Gartside will continue his relationship with the grammar school in his new role as Executive Head of the Hamblin Educational Trust, where he will provide strategic direction and support to the school.

Mr Wright, currently Senior Deputy Head at an all-boys state school in Jersey, will move to Trafford with his wife and daughter in the summer before taking up his post in September.

The new Head Master taught at Liverpool College, the King’s School in Macclesfield and Trent College in Nottingham before becoming Deputy Head at Victoria College in Jersey.

But before beginning his career in teaching, Graeme served as a Royal Marine for seven years, where he developed strong leadership skills.

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys said the appointment followed a rigorous selection process that not only involved interviews and assessments on a range of key issues, but also required a presentation to all school stakeholders.

This included the school’s Senior Management Team, pastoral leaders, current staff and pupils through the School Council, as well as Governors, Trustees, representatives from the Parent’s Association and former pupils.

Mr Wright commented: “I am honoured to be appointed Head Master of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, one of the most prestigious boys Grammar schools in England.

"Key priorities for me will be to maintain and enhance the school’s high academic standards, to preserve the outstanding extra-curricular programme and ensure high quality pastoral care that will enable all pupils to reach their full potential.”

He added: “The interview process gave me a valuable insight into the school and its many strengths. I am looking forward to being present at all school events and marking achievements by pupils not just in their studies but also in music, drama, sport and other activities.

"I will be seeking to build on the strong foundations the school already has with the local community as well as students, parents, staff, governors and Hamblin Educational Trust directors to ensure it grows and maintains its excellent achievements and reputation.”

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Chair of Governors, Ann Balfour, added: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Graeme as Head Master at the school.

"His strong leadership skills, interest and care for pupils’ academic success as well as their emotional well-being shone through at interview. He has a clear vision for the future that will ensure the school continues to provide an excellent and well-rounded education for all pupils.”