03:05AM, Friday 13 September 2013
A former PE teacher and rugby enthusiast is hoping that his tough tackling days are behind him as he takes over as headteacher at Altwood CE School in Maidenhead.
Neil Dimbleby replaced former headteacher Kathleen Higgins during the summer and the Berkshire born and bred teacher said the positive atmosphere and attitude of the students were a major draw.
It is Mr Dimbleby's first job as headteacher, having previously been at Windsor Boys' School as assistant head and Highdown School in Reading, where he had a spell as interim headteacher.
"I have always wanted to do this job," said the former maths and PE teacher.
"I wanted to have the maximum impact on young children's lives - it is the most rewarding job in the world and it gives you such a buzz."
The school in Altwood Road achieved record-breaking GCSE results and high pass rates at A-level this summer and Mr Dimbleby, 42, said recent achievements have acted as great motivation for the current students.
"We are on the up after a couple years of disappointing results.
"We want to take our teaching and learning to the next level and the students will want to surpass what has gone before.
"The desire to improve and to build on the achievements we already have is what attracted me to Altwood."
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