A NEW head teacher is preparing to take charge of future generations of Uttoxeter students as she takes the helm at the town’s high school.
Julie Rudge has been appointed as the new head teacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, in Dove Bank, replacing Suzanne O’Farrell who left just before Christmas to start a new career.
Mrs Rudge told the Post and Times: “I am delighted to lead the team at Thomas Alleyne’s in securing the best possible outcomes for our students.
“When visiting the school I was struck by the warm welcome offered by governors, staff and students and the pride they have for both their school and the community of Uttoxeter.”
The new head began her teaching career in Birmingham as an English teacher and the governors said they found her to be passionate about the importance of high quality teaching.
During her career she has spent more than 12 years on two senior teams in Staffordshire secondary schools.
Mrs Rudge said she is looking forward to leading the school ensuring that all the pupils have the opportunities, challenges and support they need to fulfil their potential and develop the skills and attributes to be successful in life.
Mrs Rudge was appointed vice principal of John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, in September 2006.
While at the school she had the responsibility for teaching and learning when it achieved its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgment. More recently she helped lead the school in becoming the first National Teaching School in East Staffordshire.
She will take up her post at the start of the summer term. Until then deputy head Carl Gliddon will continue to be acting head teacher, a post which he took up on Mrs O’Farrell’s departure.
Chairman of governors Alison Trenery thanked Mr Gliddon for all the work he had done with the school while they were looking to appoint a new head teacher.
She said: “The governors are delighted to have appointed Julie Rudge as head teacher and are looking forward to working closely with her and the senior team in taking Alleyne’s and the Uttoxeter pyramid of schools forward to achieve the best possible outcomes for the students, their families and the local community.”