Media interest in Samantha Lewthwaite’s former school in Aylesbury has been ‘relentless’, according to its headteacher.
Lewthwaite, who has become one of the most wanted women in the world and has been linked to the Nairobi shopping centre terror attack, is a former Grange pupil.
In 2000 she gained nine GCSEs A-C grade and two years later achieved an A in A-level religious studies.
Current Grange headmaster Vince Murray said he had been inundated with calls from the national and international media.
“It’s been relentless for the last week.
“I can’t even begin to list the number of people and where they were from.
“But the children and staff have not been aware of it all, it’s come through my door.
“They have not been affected at all and that’s the way I would want it.”
Mr Murray has been head at the school for eight years and was not present when Lewthwaite was a pupil.
He said: “It’s 11 years since she left and the turnover of staff is significant.
“There are only a handful of staff left who were here when Samantha was here.
“Over the years we’ve had a lot of media attention and staff are often asked to make a comment, but the staff here who knew Samantha didn’t teach her so they don’t feel they are in a position to make an informed comment.”
Mr Murray said life was carrying on as normal at the school and that it had not been affected by the intense media spotlight on the school and town following
He said the media spotlight has not affected his pupils.
“It is business as usual here.
“It is speculation and allegation, nothing has yet been substantiated.
“The school has been mentioned in reports, so has Aylesbury. But this has been a story for a number of years now and the town has been resilient to that.”
During her years at the school Lewthwaite took nine GCSEs and passed all of them with A-C grades.
She took A-levels at the school in 2002 and was singled out for praise with eight other students by then-headteacher Alan Silver.
At the time Lewthwaite told The Bucks Herald she was ‘surprised’ to achieve an A grade in A-level religious studies.
She also achieved a C in A-level history.