Teacher excited to take on head role

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The new principal at Mansfield’s Samworth Church Academy is a familiar face for students – having been at the school for the past 15 years.

Lisa McVeigh has spent almost her whole career working with children in Mansfield and is now preparing to take the helm at Samworth.

Ms McVeigh joined the school in 2002, when it was still called Sherwood Hall, and has been there ever since.

During that time she has taught humanities, geography, history and religious studies and history at A-level.

Nick Linney, chairman of governors at the Sherwood Hall Road school , said said the decision to appoint Ms McVeigh was unanimous.

He said: “Lisa has been through an exceptional interview process and come through to a strong shortlist of three.

“The governors and sponsors are looking forward to an exciting and successful future.”

Ms McVeigh said she was thrilled to be given the role.

She said: “I am excited and feel privileged to be in a position to take on this role.

“I am looking forward to working with the great people on the staff and in the community to further realise the vision of our sponsors and governors to prepare students for 70 or more great years following their education.

“I am passionate about young people and their education and believe they have limitless potential to achieve fantastic things, both academically and in a broader sense.

“The young people of Samworth already do this in so many ways.”

Ms McVeigh takes over from Barry Found, who retired in the summer after three years in post.

Ms McVeigh graduated from the University of East Anglia in Norwich with a degree in history before completing teacher training at London’s Institute of Education.

She joined the school as a humanities teacher before she became head of history, then head of humanities, before becoming part of the senior leadership team in 2009.

She has also taught at Chafford School in London.

Borough of Havering.