Headteacher leaves Northampton school ‘to pursue new opportunities’

headteacher Jane Herriman (centre right) with pupils and staff
headteacher Jane Herriman (centre right) with pupils and staff
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The principal of an ‘outstanding’ Northampton school has left, governors have confirmed.

Jane Herriman, executive principal of The Duston School, which is an all-through academy, has resigned from her post, the school said today.

Ros Clayton, chairman of The Duston Governing Body, said: “The trustees and governing body recognise the pivotal role the executive principal, Jane Herriman, has played, working in partnership with staff, parents and students, to achieve this success.

“In response to this, and Jane’s most recent work as a National Leader of Education and in supporting other schools nationally, Jane has asked to be released from her role as executive principal in order to be able to pursue new opportunities.”

The Duston School achieved its second outstanding Ofsted rating in February 2016.

Mrs Clayton thanked Jane for her “determination, tenacity and drive”, which “led the school through an impressive transformation over the past 11 years - from special measures to outstanding”.

She added: “This has been achieved through her relentless pursuit of excellence in all areas and in particular in ensuring the provision of the best education for all students.”

Mrs Clayton said the school “continues to work as normal, under the capable management of the school leadership team, supported as always by the Governing Body”.