Introducing Mrs Emma Mills, our next Headteacher

Introducing Mrs Emma Mills, our next Headteacher



In our January update, we let you know that Mrs Bryan will be taking early retirement at the end of the academic year and we promised to keep you informed about the appointment of a new Headteacher for September 2019.


The school’s governors advertised the post last month. It is a reflection of the school’s high standing that the advertisement attracted a strong field of over thirty applicants from leading schools across the North West. A special selection committee, of nine of our governors, shortlisted four candidates and spent two days with them in the week beginning 29 April. Each candidate went through a rigorous selection process which included interviews, observing lessons and a staff and learner panel. The committee also heard the candidates’ presentations about their ambitions for our school.


We are delighted to announce that the committee offered the job to Mrs Emma Mills, and that she has accepted. Her appointment has been endorsed by the Full Governing Board. Mrs Mills lives locally, is an English specialist and is well known for her outstanding work as the current Deputy Head at Lymm High School in Warrington, having previously worked as Deputy Head at Whalley Range High School in Manchester.


Mrs Mills is passionate that every learner and student should have every opportunity to achieve their personal very best. Over the coming months she will be working with Mrs Bryan, and with all the governors and staff at Birchwood, to be sure that her transition to her new post is smooth and successful from the word go.

We know that she is already looking forward to meeting with parents, carers, learners and students sharing her vision for the future.

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