Wolgarston High School appoints new Headteacher

Jo Fairclough is set to take over the reins as Headteacher at Wolgarston High School, Penkridge from September.

In the Spring, current Headteacher Philip Tapp announced his intention to step down as Head at Wolgarston to focus on his role as Chief Executive of Penk Valley Academy Trust as it continues to develop and grow. And so the hunt was on for a brand-new Headteacher to come in to Wolgarston and to take it forward for the next generation of students.

As a school with an excellent reputation backed up by years of fantastic results the job role was highly desirable, and a large number of top-quality applications were received. After rigorous short-listing and an intensive recruitment process, we are pleased to announce the successful candidate.

Jo began her career as a History teacher and has been an Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in schools in Birmingham and Walsall.

Philip Tapp said, “I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Jo. Wolgarston is a fantastic school and Jo will bring the fresh energy and thinking needed to take the school on to the next stage of its journey.”

Mark Roberts, Chair of Trustees of Penk Valley Academy Trust said, “I am really pleased that after an extensive selection process of some strong candidates we have offered the post of Headteacher for Wolgarston to Jo Fairclough.  Penk Valley Academy Trust looks forward to supporting Jo to continue to provide an excellent education to all our young people.”

Jo Fairclough said, “I am delighted to be the new Headteacher of Wolgarston High School and feel incredibly honoured to be able to take on this role. Being Headteacher is an opportunity to make a huge difference to the lives of young people; leading our school to further success. I look forward to working with staff, students, parents and the wider community so that Wolgarston represents ‘all that is best in education’.”