Kay Sanderson, headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s School since 2005, is to retire at the end of this term - ahead of the school’s switch to an Academy in the new year.
Mrs Sanderson originally joined Queen Elizabeth’s in 1998 as deputy head, then had a spell as acting head, and during her time as headteacher has overseen six consecutive years of steady improvement in examination results.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here very much and it will certainly be a sad day next month when I go down the drive for the last time,” she said.
“However, I believe it is the right decision to make the break. With the school set to become an Academy in January, I feel it is appropriate to retire on the brink of a new era.
“I will certainly miss the children and it has been a particular pleasure this year to play a part in celebrating 450 years of the school providing education in Mansfield. ”
John Carter, chairman of Queen Elizabeth’s School’s Governing Body and Trust, paid tribute to the contribution of Mrs Sanderson when he said: “We would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation to Kay for her tremendous commitment to the school.
“She has been an excellent colleague, leading with skill and dedication, and improving outcomes for our young people.”