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Trentham Academy appoints new headteacher

Mike Whittingham will be headteacher at Trentham Academy from September 2017

Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 04, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Mike Whittingham has been appointed to take on the role of headteacher at Trentham Academy from September 2017.

He will replace Dr Rowena Blencowe, who has been headteacher at Trentham since 2013, and will retire at the end of the current school year. 

“We received a strong field of applicants for the post and following a two-day interview process, the governors are very pleased to announce that Mike Whittingham has been appointed as the new headteacher from September 1st 2017,” said Andrew Pate, Chair of Governors at Trentham. “He has had a wide range of successful senior leadership experience across Good and Outstanding schools and governors are delighted to have secured his services as the next headteacher for Trentham.”

Mike has spent three years of his 21 year career to date, leading a range of developments at Haywood Academy, which includes developing the academy’s sixth form to provide opportunities so that any student can attend one of the top universities in the country or begin their chosen career as a confident, well-prepared, young adult in the world of work.

Mike was presented with the Teaching Awards Certificate of Excellence in May 2014, the Education Star Award in September 2016 and was recognised for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession by winning silver in The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in October 2016.

Before joining Haywood Academy in 2014, Mike Whittingham was assistant vice principal at Q3 Academy (Dartmouth High School) and before that taught at Ashby School, Leek High School and Ryles Park High School.

Mike said: “I am thrilled to be joining Trentham Academy as their next headteacher.  It's a great school with a great future and I am very much looking forward to working with the students, staff, parents, governors and the wider community to continue to build on the excellent progress made so far so that all students get the best possible start in life.”

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