New Morecambe High school head has youth on his side

Matt Auger, new head teacher at Morecambe Community High School.
Matt Auger, new head teacher at Morecambe Community High School.

The youngest ever head teacher at Morecambe Community High School is carrying on the historical link between our town and Bradford.

Matt Auger has moved from the West Yorkshire city to take on the top role at Morecambe High and says he’s “chomping at the bit” to get started.

At 37, Mr Auger is taking on his first ever head teacher role at our town’s biggest secondary school.

The father-of-three has big shoes to fill, as his predecessor John McNaughton, who retired in July, was a highly popular and successful figure. But Nuneaton-born Mr Auger is relishing the challenge. And while his community-focussed approach is similar to Mr McNaughton’s in many ways, he is determined to be his own man.

“I’ve spent many years in a leadership team; I’ve worked with five head teachers and experienced how different personalities have done different things,” he said.

“It prepares you for the headship role.

“It’s clear that John McNaughton is very much loved and has had an enormous impact on the school. It was a big privilege to spend time with him before he departed.

“My age is irrelevant. Throughout my career, with every job I’ve done, I’ve always been young.”

Mr Auger, who grew up in Oxfordshire and whose dad was head gardener at iconic country house Blenheim Palace, gained rapid success after graduating from the University of Leeds.

Within three months of starting his first teaching job at Carterton Community College in Oxfordshire, he became a head of year, aged just 23.

Three years later, he was assistant head.

By the age of 27, he’d taken the national head teacher qualification. Then he moved to become deputy head of a 1,900 pupil secondary school in Bradford.

The school, Grange Technology College, was rated by education watchdog Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ and saw further improvements in exam performance while Mr Auger was there.

Initially a history teacher, he has also taught English and PE. He also has a sporting background having played both cricket and rugby at junior county level.

As a keen musician who plays and has taught guitar, he will also continue to develop another area where Morecambe High has a top reputation – the performing arts.

Matt, his wife Ruth and young children Florence, Blaise and Hugo have settled just outside Ingleton.

Ruth grew up in Kirkby Lonsdale so Mr Auger knows the area very well and is a big fan of Morecambe.

“The school is held in very high regard in the community,” said Mr Auger.

“I’m here to serve the community, serve the students and give them the best possible experience I can.”

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