A WOMAN who joined a Colwyn Bay school 25 years ago as a maths teacher has now been appointed as headteacher. 

Zoe Evans took up the leadership role at Ysgol Eirias this academic term. She has her sights set on raising the bar even higher for pupils, staff, and their community and is focused on building on the school's reputation for inclusivity, pastoral care, and academic excellence.

Mrs Evans said: "My first message would be to the parents and carers of our pupils, to express my gratitude for entrusting us with the education and wellbeing of your children.

“I am committed to working closely to provide the best possible educational experience for them, and dedicated to excellence, inclusivity, and continuous improvement while also fostering a nurturing and supportive environment where every student can thrive and be happy.

“Their wellbeing is top priority, as is delivering a rigorous and well-rounded education that equips them with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to achieve their dreams and succeed in an ever-changing world.”

Ysgol Eirias was named one of the Top 10 Sunday Times 'Parent Power' high-performing schools in Wales.

Mrs Evans said: “At Ysgol Eirias, we take a deliberate approach to nurturing integrity, responsibility, and kindness.

“We help our children understand their actions have consequences and that they can make a positive difference in the world.

“We encourage questioning, standing up for what is just and being compassionate towards others - developing a strong moral compass that will serve our children well throughout their lives.

“This also applies to our incredible staff, who will continue to develop professionally and engage our children in a meaningful and progressive curriculum that is up to date, interesting and authentic.”

Mrs Evans is a keen rugby and music fan. She believes Eirias is a school "unlike any other" with a “culture and climate” which will invigorate and inspire for generations to come.


She said: “When we have visitors to the school, whether they are teachers, families of prospective pupils or stakeholders, they comment on how positive and dynamic the culture here is.

“I am so proud to be able to continue the remarkable work which has taken place over past years and am passionate to ensure Ysgol Eirias provides a nurturing environment that recognises and champions the immense promise that lies within each and every one of our children – that's my vision, and something I hold very close to my heart."

Ysgol Eirias will be holding an open evening on Wednesday (September 27) from 4.30pm-7.30pm, including a talk from Mrs Evans in the school hall at 6.30pm.