A NEW headteacher has been appointed at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph.

Gwyn Tudur will leave his role as headteacher of bilingual secondary Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor, after seven years when Bethan Cartwright steps down in the summer. Mrs Cartwright's departure, after three years in charge, coincides with that of the school's deputy head and assistant head.

Mr Tudur, who is a mentor in the North Wales leadership development programme for aspiring and new heads, said he wants to continue Ysgol Glan Clwyd's tradition as a "fantastic school" which offers its pupils "an education of the highest standard".

A University of Bangor graduate in Welsh, Mr Tudur taught at Welsh secondary Ysgol Gyfun, Llanhari and was the head of the Welsh department and a senior leadership team member at bilingual secondary Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon, before his role at Ysgol Tryfan.

“I firmly believe in bilingualism as a special skill to be developed in all our learners," he said. "I am passionate about providing an inclusive and bilingual education of high quality to all children and young people."

Mr Tudur is also a peer inspector for Estyn and an NPQH assessor.

He added: “I believe that our schools need to encourage independence and innovation in our teachers, so that they can take risks and inspire.”

Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire County Council’s lead member for education, said: “Gwyn is a first-class headteacher and will ensure young Welsh speakers in the county are well supported.”