Saltus head tasked with new strategic plan

  • Deryn Lavell, head of Saltus Grammar School (Photograph supplied)

Saltus Grammar School is planning for its years ahead under the guidance of Deryn Lavell, the new head of school.

Ms Lavell, who comes with 38 years’ education experience in Canada and the United Arab Emirates, has immersed herself in the community after her recent arrival on the island.

Calling herself “a learner at heart”, Ms Lavell said she was eager to explore and discover, adding: “So far, I can’t get over how warm and welcoming everyone has been.”

Ms Lavell is said to have an ambitious agenda for her first term, including the implementation of a strategic planning process to guide the school’s priorities for the coming years — as requested by the Saltus board of governors.

In assessing the school’s needs, she said she planned to do “more listening than talking”.

“I want to know what’s important to the Saltus community and get a sense of what they believe should be our priorities,” she added.

“That includes students as well as faculty, staff and parents. I want to hear from all perspectives.”

Ms Lavell cited the school’s examination results and university acceptances as evidence of Saltus’ “position of strength”.

Priorities will include increased demand in the area of science, technology, engineering and maths, as well as problem-solving capabilities.