Raynes Park High School is all set to welcome its new headteacher, Kirsten Heard, at the start of the new school year next week.
Kirsten will follow outgoing headteacher Philip Wheatley, who will be taking up a new headship at Glyn School in Epsom.
Mrs Heard joins Raynes Park High School following 10 years as deputy headteacher at The Green School in Hounslow, which is rated by Ofsted as Outstanding.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Raynes Park has had a good year and congratulations go to the pupils and staff on their exam results this summer. We welcome Kirsten to the borough and I am sure that her strong leadership and aspirations for the school will give Raynes Park a great future.”
Chair of Governors Michael Ross said: “We are delighted to welcome Kirsten and look forward to working with her. She will be a great asset to the school and I am confident that she will ably lead Raynes Park in its next stage of development as we work to become a landmark school for the borough and build on our solid A-Level and GCSE performance this year.
“We will miss outgoing head, Phil Wheatley, and wish him all the best for his new post. This year’s exam results are testament to his hard work in developing a school which helps pupils achieve the best of their ability.”
Kirsten Heard said: “I am really looking forward to joining the team of dedicated teachers at Raynes Park High School. My vision is to continue to build on all that has been achieved so far and to ensure it is a place of excellence where all pupils are able to reach their full potential.”