Headteacher Wendy Hamilton to leave Stamford Queen Eleanor School

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The headteacher who turned around the fortunes of a secondary school will leave her job at the end of the summer term.

Stamford Queen Eleanor School headteacher Wendy Hamilton will move to a school in North Yorkshire at the end of the academic year.

Mrs Hamilton, who joined the school in 2009, has overseen a significant improvement in exams results. She has also secured hundreds of thousands of pounds in Government grants for building work. Just this week the school was given £370,000 for roof repairs.

Chair of governors Jonathan Selwyn said: “Over the last five years, Wendy has put a tremendous amount of hard work and energy into the school. The result has been transformational with high levels of commitment from pupils and significantly improved academic performance.

“We are particularly pleased that the school is amongst the top rated in the county for pupil progress in English and maths.

“We are sad to see Wendy leave the school, but we would like to thank her for her fantastic commitment to the school and wish her every success in her new role.”

Last year the school recorded its best ever GCSE results, with 75 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades. Sixty per cent of those included English and maths. Results in a number of subjects were significantly above the national average, with English results among the county’s best.

The school was given a “requires improvement” rating after an Ofsted inspection in early 2013. But Mrs Hamilton and Mr Selwyn said at the time they were confident results would improve. They were proved right, as pupils gained record results for the school.

Queen Eleanor’s board of governors has now begun the process of recruiting Mrs Hamilton’s successor. Mr Selwyn said: “We hope to make an appointment before the end of the summer term. We will be looking for a strong and effective leader to take the school to the next stage in its development.”