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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Pair step in to take the helm at Carlisle's Trinity School

Two deputy headteachers are taking over the running of the county’s largest secondary school. The governors of Trinity School in Carlisle have appointed Sheila Johnston and Derek Kay as co-headteachers for the 2014-15 academic year which will start in September.

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Appointments: Deputy headteachers Derek Kay and Sheila Johnston will share the role of headteacher when the new school year starts in September after Alan Mottershead leaves

They will be stepping up to the top job following the departure of current headteacher Alan Mottershead, who is retiring from his post in Carlisle after 12 years in charge.

Mr Mottershead, 57, is moving to Bolton to become the headteacher of Canon Slade Church of England School – the first school he taught at.

Mrs Johnston and Mr Kay have worked with Mr Mottershead for several years. The pair also led on the £20m redevelopment of the school site in recent years.

Mr Kay joined the Strand Road school in 2003. Originally from the Scottish Borders, he taught PE and maths at William Howard School in Brampton, where he was assistant headteacher. As deputy head at Trinity, he has been responsible for student achievement and the development of the curriculum.

Meanwhile Mrs Johnston joined the school in 2005.

Born in Carlisle and a former pupil at St Aidan’s School, she moved back to the north to take up the deputy headteacher’s post at Trinity after many years in Plymouth working as an English teacher and also an assistant headteacher.

While at Trinity she has been responsible for the staff of the school and for their professional development. A school spokesman said: “Both are relishing the opportunity to serve the school in this way. Next year, they say, will be one of real progress.”

Brian Armstrong, chairman of the governing body at Trinity School, said: “We are delighted that Derek and Sheila have agreed to take over the leadership of the school in this next year.”

He added that both are highly experienced and successful deputies who are both held in high regard by governors.

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