School starts its mission to find new headteacher

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A SCHOOL has wasted no time in its pursuit of a new headteacher to take over in the summer.

Tring School’s retiring headteacher Julia Wynd announced her retirement from headship last month and the wheels are already in motion to appoint her successor.

Chairman of governors Brian Scarth said the school will advertise nationally and expects as many as 20 applicants for the job.

He said: “There is a standard process, which involves the chairman of governors working with the local authority to go through a tried and proven democratic, fair process.

“That will take place during this term. I am now working with the local authority and there will be an advert in Teaching In Herts and in the Times Educational Supplement which goes out at the end of this month.”

Mr Scarth will lead a panel – made up of a foundation governor, a community governor, a parent governor, a staff governor and a local authority governor – to decide on up to six interviewees for the role.

He said: “It will be a two-day interview process for the candidate selected. I anticipate a high interest on a national basis. We have done a personal spec and job description and they will have to apply against that personal specification. Every candidate will have the same opportunity to demonstrate those capabilities.”

He added that it is unlikely the school won’t find the right candidate first time around because of the high standard of applicants, but added that the school has time to run two interviewing processes if necessary.

Mr Scarth praised Mrs Wynd for the ample notice she has given the school to appoint another headteacher.

Last month, Mrs Wynd told The Gazette she expects the school to progress and achieve an excellent rating in its next Ofsted inspection.

He said: “Due to the fact that Julia has, as mentioned, given us ample time to appoint her successor she will assist in inducting her successor. With this in mind I am confident that there will be a seamless handover.

“Julia’s successor will inherit a school which is actively involved in, and respected, within the community and serves today’s students in an outstanding way. Julia will be missed by all connected with the school but her impending retirement is richly deserved.

“All of the governors thank Julia for her contribution.”