Deputy headteacher takes on role of acting head at Chipping Sodbury School

October 03 2017

A NEW acting headteacher has taken over at Chipping Sodbury School to replace Gareth Millington.

A NEW acting headteacher has taken over at Chipping Sodbury School to replace Gareth Millington.

Katherine Turner stepped up from her role as a deputy head at the school to fill the post from October 1.

Mr Millington said the change happened slightly earlier than expected as he decided to leave earlier than his original planned Christmas departure.

In a letter to parents and carers, he said: “Katherine is not only a superb teacher and leader with a great deal of experience, but also someone who will ensure that the values and strengths the school currently possesses will continue into the future, whilst its weaknesses will also be rigorously addressed.

“I cannot tell you how delighted I am with Katherine’s appointment and all it means for the bright future of the school.”

Dr Katie Mansfield, chairwoman of the school’s governors, said Ms Turner was appointed  after a rigorous process involving an external independent consultant.

She said: “We are excited about  entering a new phase in the development of the school under her leadership. She has a strong proven track record and is well respected throughout the education and wider community. We look forward to developing our longstanding working relationship further.”

Dr Mansfield said the governors were sad to lose a headteacher of the calibre of Mr Millington.

She said: “He has shown loyalty, complete dedication and total commitment to the school.

“His relentless drive to ensure the best outcomes for students of the school has been founded on his personal knowledge of all our students and his wish to help them overcome difficulties and celebrate their successes.

“He has forged a staff team who can now move on from this foundation to further improve the outcomes for students while we continue to put a high priority on supporting those who need additional input to achieve their goals. 

“We wish Gareth well and thank him from the bottom of our hearts for the way he has led and transformed our school over the past seven years.”