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All change in new year for The Mountbatten School in Romsey
THERE will be big changes in leadership at a Hampshire school in January.
Current headteacher of Romsey’s Mountbatten School, Heather McIlroy, will become executive head and the school’s current deputy head 42-year-old Chris Cox will take the headteacher’s role.
The two-head system is already in place at Romsey School and has been up and running for several years.
Under the system executive heads control school budgets, funding projects and monitor teachers’ performances and subject departments.
Headteachers concentrate on the day-to-day running of schools.
Explaining more about the changes, Mrs McIlroy said: “This is a very exciting time.
"Since becoming an academy in 2001 we have seized all the opportunities that independence has offered.
“These management changes will ensure the school can continue to move towards and provide an outstanding education for the people of Romsey.”
Looking forward to his new role Mr Cox, who has been deputy head for eight years, said: “Mountbatten School is unique. Lord Louis Mountbatten founded the school in 1969 and it was a very unusual and generous act.
"He could have founded a private school or donated land for any number of other purposes, but he determined that a state secondary school serving Romsey would be his legacy.
“He gave us his land, his name and stake, in perpetuity, his own reputation on us. The world is changing. However, the standards Lord Mountbatten set for us remain as important and relevant as ever. I am excited about ensuring that we live up to these standards.”
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