New Headmaster takes the helm at Belmont Grosvenor School

Mr Nathan Sadler has joined ‘outstanding’ Belmont Grosvenor School (BGS) after more than a decade working at one of Dubai’s leading international schools.

And within days of taking the helm at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor, set in 20-acres of grounds in the village of Birstwith, near Harrogate,  Mr Sadler and his staff welcomed a team of Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspectors into the school and nursery.

It has been a busy, but exciting, start for father-of-three Mr Sadler, 34, who moved to Harrogate with his family over the summer.

“We didn’t quite expect a team of inspectors to arrive at BGS in our first full week of term, but the three ISI inspectors were conducting a routine compliance inspection as well as a full inspection of our nursery provision.

“It was a very successful week, the full report will be published at a later date, but the inspection team described BGS as a wonderful school with happiness visible everywhere,” said Mr Sadler.

Independent Belmont Grosvenor School, and its Magic Tree Nursery, welcomes children from three months to 11 years and is based in historic Swarcliffe Hall, just a few miles from the centre of Harrogate, and has connections to the Bronte family.

Keen sportsman Mr Sadler, who was Primary Principal at Dubai’s GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis before taking up his role at BGS, is looking forward to working with parents and pupils to shape Belmont Grosvenor School’s future direction.

“The next chapter for BGS will be an exciting one and one that I cannot wait to lead our community into. Alongside parents and pupils, we will be setting strategic targets to further improve the educational experiences of our pupils and we will live and breathe our vision, aims and values which will guide our future targets,” said Mr Sadler.

“With a personal passion for technology and innovation, we will explore technological approaches to redefine and transform learning experiences, preparing our pupils for their future; without compromising the values and history of our school.

“Additionally, we will aim to broaden our community links and alumni programme, giving our pupils further opportunities to link their learning to real-life experiences and give them aspiration and motivation to achieve great things, like those who have been at BGS before them. Whichever direction we go in, it will be for the children,” said Mr Sadler.

Both he and his wife Jo, newly-appointed Music Co-ordinator at BGS, and their three young children, have embraced life in Harrogate and already feel part of the Belmont Grosvenor School community.

“Since arriving in Harrogate in early July, we have been overwhelmed with the kindness and support showed by everyone, especially the Belmont Grosvenor School (BGS) community.

“Governors arrived at our new home with welcome cards and gifts, staff members got in contact during their holidays to suggest places to visit and parents of the school offered to arrange play dates for our own children to make friends which shows what a kind and caring community there is here at BGS.

“Belmont Grosvenor School truly is a beautiful school, with a magical setting. The children are at the heart of everything we set out to do and this will be grounded in the decisions we make to progress the school further,” he said.

“Our vision here at BGS is to nurture and challenge children to make outstanding progress in all that they try, building strong foundations to thrive in our ever-changing world and our curriculum is designed so that our pupils can experience a breadth of learning opportunities which will help guide their future choices later in life,” he said.

“As a school that values inclusivity, no matter the starting points for each child – we will ensure they make outstanding progress.

Come and meet Mr Sadler, pupils and staff at Belmont Grosvenor School at our whole school and nursery OPEN DAY on Thursday 29th September 2022.

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