Appointment of Head of Junior School

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The Governors have undertaken a thorough and careful search to find the right candidate to succeed Mr Larry Fairclough who will retire in April 2014 after 14 years of outstanding service. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Tim Wheeler as the next Headmaster of the Junior School. Mr Wheeler is currently Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral Junior School.

Tim WheelerA classicist, Mr Wheeler was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and Bath. After beginning his career at Norwich School, he worked for several years as an educational consultant specialising in strategic school improvement and development planning, before serving as Director of Studies at Bilton Grange School, Rugby. He was appointed as Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School in 2008.

Chairman of Governors Mr Ron Astles said:

I am very pleased that Tim Wheeler has agreed to lead our Junior School forward for the next generation of girls and boys. In a strong field of applicants, Mr Wheeler’s vision, integrity and warmth commended him to the Governors. We are convinced that he understands the deep-rooted culture and sense of community that lie at the heart of Stockport Grammar School and will be able to develop the Junior School’s successes further.

Mr Fairclough will retire from his post at the end of the Spring Term in April 2014. He will liaise closely with Mr Wheeler throughout the coming months before Mr Wheeler takes up his new position in September 2014. During the Summer Term 2014, the Junior School will be managed by Mr Simon Milnes, who as Acting Headmaster, will work in close partnership with Mr Wheeler and Mr Chicken.

Mr Wheeler is married with two sons. He and his family are looking forward to their move to the North at the beginning of the new academic year.

Mr Wheeler commented:

I am delighted to have been appointed Headmaster of Stockport Grammar Junior School. From my first visit, seeing the happy faces of the children and sensing the purposeful buzz in and around the classrooms, I immediately felt at home. Schools are exciting places to be and I am very much looking forward to getting to know pupils, parents and staff over the coming months and to building on the excellent work of Larry Fairclough as I lead the school into the next stage of its development.

Mr Chicken said:

I shall enjoy working closely with Tim Wheeler in the months ahead to ensure that our Junior School continues to go from strength to strength. Larry Fairclough’s kindness, wisdom and tireless commitment to the welfare of every child has created and developed a happy and vibrant school in which our boys and girls can achieve great things. We are keen to build further upon his many achievements.

Mr Fairclough added:

It has been a privilege to lead the Junior School over the last few years and I have no doubt that Tim will thoroughly enjoy being part of this wonderful school. The Governors will engage with him over the coming months to help formulate their plans for the continuing development of the school, and I am confident that it will continue to be successful.

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