Head may be youngest in the country

A Blyth man is contender for the country’s youngest head teacher after being appointed to his new role.

Mathew Atkinson will become head teacher as the head at St Joseph’s School in Newton Aycliffe in April.

And having recently turned 27, the Blyth resident is in the running to be the youngest head teacher in the country.

“I think I will bring a different perspective because I am younger,” he said.

Mathew, who was assistant head teacher at St Winifred’s Primary School in Blyth, before taking on the new role, has been confirmed as the youngest head in the Diocese, and is now waiting to see if he is the youngest in the country.

“I had a wide variety of experiences at St Wilfrid’s and have been very lucky.”

Mathew began his career in 2011 at St Alban’s RC Primary School in Gateshead, before moving to St Wilfrid’s.

He is currently acting head at St Joseph’s where he is responsible for 154 pupils, seven teachers and eight teaching assistants.

The school has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to see if he has claimed the title and is waiting to hear back.