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New headteacher takes on challenge to improve school

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

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

A deputy head has been cherry-picked for his first head teacher’s position after six years as part of a secondary school’s leadership team.

Andrew Hencken, 45, of Buckingham, is leaving Tring School later this year to take up his new position as head of the Mandeville School in Aylesbury, which was placed in special measures in November last year.

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.

Andrew, who lives with his wife and three children, said: “I owe a lot to the team at Tring, because without them my leadership skills wouldn’t have been sufficiently developed.

“They have given me the springboard I needed for the Mandeville position, and for that I would like to thank them.”

The former PE teacher will take up his new post after the October half term, and will be working with the school’s interim head Geralyn Wilson before he goes solo in the new year.

He 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.”

Mrs Wilson said: “We are looking forward to building further on our journey when Andrew joins us.”

 

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