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Head Teacher Announced for Catholic Secondary School in Twickenham


Richard Burke BSc, MA has been appointed as the first Principal of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.  Richard Burke is currently Head Teacher at Christ’s Church of England School in Richmond-upon-Thames.


Richard Burke has previously worked in four Catholic schools including St Paul’s Catholic College in Sunbury where he was Vice Principal and Richard Challoner School in Kingston Upon Thames where he was Deputy Head Teacher. 

Andrew Cole, Interim Chair of Governors said: “I am absolutely delighted that Richard Burke has agreed to become the first Principal of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.  Richard faced stiff competition for the post from a very high calibre field of candidates and I am confident that his leadership in partnership with the governing body will be vital in bringing success to both the primary and secondary schools at Clifden Road. Richard had no hesitation in accepting the challenge and I am very excited at the prospect of working with him. An added bonus is that Mr Burke already knows the Catholic primary heads in Richmond and is known for his significant achievements at Christ’s school.”

Richard Burke said:  “Having previously worked in four Catholic schools, two of them as Deputy Head Teacher; Richard Challoner, New Malden and St Paul's Catholic College, Sunbury, it is a delight and privilege to have been appointed Principal of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, Twickenham.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a head teacher to develop a new school, especially as the College will have pupils from 4 to 18.”

 “As Head of Christ's School in Richmond upon Thames since September 2004, I have been fully aware of the groundswell of support from the local Catholic community to establish a Catholic secondary school.  Their determination and energy will only serve to assist me and my future colleagues in providing a provision to be proud of for their children.”

“I am very proud of what we have achieved at Christ's School, however the time is now right for me to take on this exciting venture and I look forward to the challenge.”

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