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Welcome to new Junior Head from September – Mr Matthew Copping

We are delighted that Mr Matthew Copping will be joining Stockport Grammar Junior School as Headmaster in September 2020. Matthew is currently Headteacher of Brooklands Primary School in Sale and is married with two children.

The Governors are looking forward to working with Matthew as he builds on the success that has seen the Junior School achieve the highest ISI Inspection rating of “Excellent” in the Autumn Term, under Tim Wheeler’s leadership.

Chairman of Governors Mr Christopher Dunn said: “The school had a very strong field of candidates for this prestigious role. Matthew Copping’s wide experience and engaging approach meant that he was the unanimous choice of the Governors to lead Stockport Grammar Junior School from September 2020. I look forward to working with Matthew over the coming years to secure the best possible education for all our Junior School pupils.”

Mr Matthew Copping said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the Headmaster of Stockport Grammar Junior School. The interview process gave me a fantastic insight into the school and enabled me to observe the clear commitment of all the staff in recognising and celebrating each pupil as an individual.

“I am excited to have been given the opportunity to lead the school having witnessed the fantastic attitudes the children have towards learning and the great atmosphere which permeates throughout the Junior School. Stockport Grammar has a long history but it is also forward thinking and this makes the school such a very special place.

“I look forward to immersing myself in the school community and getting to know all the pupils, parents and staff and building on the great work of Tim Wheeler as I lead the school into the next stage of development.”

The Autumn Term will also bring the exciting completion of the Pre-Reception building and extended outdoor play and learning spaces for children across the Junior School age range.

Mr Tim Wheeler has been Headmaster of the Junior School since 2014. Thanking Tim for his service, Christopher Dunn said: “Tim has had a hugely positive impact on the school and the pupils throughout that time. His personal warmth, insistence on the highest educational standards and absolute commitment to the well-being of every pupil have been at the heart of his leadership of the Junior School.”

Tim has been very active in charitable work and in 2019 was awarded an MBE in recognition of this and his services to education. He has been the Chair of the charity the Little Princess Trust for the past eight years, running a number of marathons to raise money for their work. When he leaves SGS at the end of the summer, he plans to spend more time on this role and on his work with the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).