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New Mandeville head promises to raise the bar

Andy Hencken, the deputy head teacher at Tring School is set to become head teacher of The Mandeville School in Aylesbury

Andy Hencken, the deputy head teacher at Tring School is set to become head teacher of The Mandeville School in Aylesbury

An experienced deputy head will take over the reins of an Aylesbury school and spearhead its campaign to rise out of special measures.

Andrew Hencken is making the move from Tring School in Hertfordshire to the Mandeville School in November to work alongside acting head Geralyn Wilson until Christmas, when he will take over permanently.

Mr Hencken has been deputy head at Tring School – which Ofsted graded ‘good’ earlier this year – since 2008, and will now take on the challenge of guiding the Ellen Road school to success.

The 45-year-old former PE teacher said: “Mrs Wilson has done a marvellous job starting the process of cultural change, leading the staff and demonstrating to inspectors that we are committed to making drastic improvements.

“My role will be to help raise the bar even higher and work alongside staff, students, governors, parents, primary schools and the community to deliver a school the town can truly be proud of.

“The Mandeville is the type of school I’ve always wanted to lead.”

Chair of the school’s interim executive board Louise Goll said: “We believe that Mr Hencken will be a dynamic and inspirational leader who will ensure every student enjoys the very best education we can provide.”

Acting head Mrs Wilson was drafted in after the departure of Peter Patchett last July.

Shortly after her arrival Ofsted placed it in special measures.

The school is also going through staff restructuring to reduce debts which run into the hundreds of thousands.

Mrs Wilson will return to her role as head of the Great Marlow School, Marlow, in January next year.

Her dedication and hard work were recognised by Ofsted in May, when the education watchdog said it was pleased with the school’s progress.

Mrs Wilson said: “We are looking forward to furthering our journey to becoming a good school when Andrew joins us in the autumn term.”

 

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