A LUDGERSHALL school has appointed a new headteacher, with deputy Rob Wood soon to take the helm - 14 years after he first joined the academy. 

The Wellington Academy has said that Mr Wood will begin his new role in September. 

A school spokesperson said: "It is an exciting new development for the school and the school is looking forward to see how Rob will progress in his new role."

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In his new role as headteacher, Mr Wood reflected: “I am genuinely thrilled to be given this opportunity, in my role as deputy headteacher I have worked closely with the students, staff and community and am excited to be able to continue to do so at The Wellington Academy. My significant time at the school up to this point has allowed me to understand the needs and aspirations of those we serve, and I am confident I know what the next best steps for leading the school forward are.”

CEO of the trust George Croxford commented: “There was a strong shortlist of candidates with a two-day selection procedure. At the end of the process we appointed Rob Wood, who we believe to be the best candidate to lead The Wellington Academy forward.

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“I am confident that under Mr Wood’s leadership, the school will go from strength to strength. Mr Wood has the drive, energy and commitment to ensure the inquisitive, ambitious and independent vision for the school are at the heart of everything he does.”

Nathan Coombs, chair of Ascend Learning Trust, added: “The school is currently at a high after their good Ofsted report back in November 2022. This is an exciting development in the journey of The Wellington Academy, Rob was a strong candidate with already having a great relationship with the school and students. Ascend Learning Trust is excited to welcome a new headteacher and look forward to watching the school grow in Rob’s leadership.”