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New headteacher appointed for Stamford Junior School

A new headteacher has been appointed at Stamford Junior School.

Matthew O’Reilly will join the school in September, replacing Emma Smith who leaves at Easter.

He will move from St Mary’s School in Cambridge, an independent school catering for children aged four to 18.

Matthew O'Reilly with his family
Matthew O'Reilly with his family

Mr O’Reilly started his teaching career there, progressing from class teacher to assistant headteacher, and serving as headteacher since 2016.

He was recruited to the role in Stamford following an extensive selection process involving governors, the senior school headteachers and deputy headteachers, a current serving Independent Association of Prep Schools headteacher, staff, parents and the junior prefects. There was a strong field of candidates including 20 headteachers and 10 deputies.

Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools Will Phelan said: “Matthew is very much looking forward to joining Stamford and being fully immersed in our thriving and busy community. We are delighted with his appointment and look forward to welcoming Matthew, Jess and their daughters to the Stamford family.”

At St Mary’s, Matthew leads on digital strategy and also acts as safeguarding lead for the junior school. He also leads a number of clubs, including the cross country club and the eco club, and recently organised and hosted a climate change conference.

Outside work, he takes an active role in his local church. Matthew is a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon twice for charity.

He and his wife, Jess, have three daughters, who will also be joining Stamford Junior School.

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