Sarah’s top of the class as she steps in to head role at town’s Cavendish

New headteacher at Cavendish School Sarah Lansley
New headteacher at Cavendish School Sarah Lansley

The start of the autumn term is a nerve-racking time for any new starter, but at Cavendish School a fresh headteacher has been busy settling in to the demanding role.

The secondary school on Warners End Road has welcomed Sarah Lansley as its new permanent headteacher, following the stepping down of former head Sue Forde.

Ms Forde, who ran the school for three years from September 2011, left the role in July to move on to pastures new.

Cavendish’s Governing Board appointed Mrs Lansley from her previous post as deputy headteacher at Parmiter’s School in Watford, from 2008.

Mrs Lansley said: “I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead the school on the journey of school improvement.

“In the short time that I have been at Cavendish, I have been tremendously impressed by the hard work and commitment of our excellent staff team to ensuring that our students achieve their personal best.

“I look forward to making the changes necessary to move the school forward and to developing links with local schools, businesses and organisations.”

The former French and German teacher began her career in education following a successful career in the voluntary sector.

She started her career teaching languages at a school in East Hertfordshire, progressing to senior leadership with responsibility for the pastoral system and staff development.

As deputy head at Parmiter’s, Mrs Lansley helped move the school from a good to an outstanding Ofsted rating, through her commitment to rigorous tracking of student progress, welfare and professional development for staff.

Chair of governors Terry Douris, who lives in Grovehill and also sits on Herts county and Dacorum borough councils, said: “I am delighted that Sarah has agreed to join us having come from an outstanding school with such an excellent reputation.

“Sarah has been leading our school since September and has already implemented a number of positive initiatives. This appointment sets a firm basis upon which to build the school to being the first choice for parents and students in the area.”

Mrs Lansley was selected for the role following a two-day selection process, including the opportunity for candidates to meet staff and students.”

Cavendish was officially opened as a grammar school in 1962 before becoming a comprehensive eight years later.