New head of Calne secondary school is named

This Is Wiltshire: New headteacher Laura Carleton New headteacher Laura Carleton

The new headteacher of the John Bentley School in Calne will be Laura Carleton, the present deputy head at Bristol Grammar School, it was announced today.

She will succeed Gordon Trafford, the current headteacher, in September and will attend a number of school events between now and the summer to meet the school community.

Chair of governors Martin Kelly said: “My fellow governors and I were impressed by the high calibre of the candidates we interviewed for the post of principal.

”Careful deliberation was needed to make our choice and it is a positive endorsement of The John Bentley School’s reputation that we were able to attract such an excellent field of applicants and secure the appointment of such a high quality principal as Ms Carleton.”

Ms Carleton has been deputy headteacher at Bristol Grammar School for five successful years. In that role she gained extensive experience in the School Leadership Team of one of the region’s most highly regarded schools.

Ms Carleton said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as principal of The John Bentley School from September. The school has such a lovely feel to it and the students I met when I came into the school were delightful.

“Not only does the school offer excellent pastoral care and an inclusive education for all students, but it is also a school which challenges itself academically and which provides a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities.

“All in all this provides an excellent educational opportunity for the students of Calne and beyond.

“The recent conversion to Academy status brings with it a lot of opportunities and I am really looking forward to getting to know the school community and to working with the students, staff, parents and governors in ensuring that the school is outstanding in all that it does.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and one which I am delighted to accept."

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8:37am Sat 27 Apr 13

deepimpact says...

She's bound to be an improvement on the current head - good luck to her. She'll certainly have her work cut out trying to sort out the ill discipline within the school after Traffords years in charge.
She's bound to be an improvement on the current head - good luck to her. She'll certainly have her work cut out trying to sort out the ill discipline within the school after Traffords years in charge. deepimpact
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1:12pm Mon 29 Apr 13

well oill beef hooked says...

When I was at school it was Mr Robinson. Who it seemed had no control of us all what so ever.Thankfully times have changed.wishing her all the best.
When I was at school it was Mr Robinson. Who it seemed had no control of us all what so ever.Thankfully times have changed.wishing her all the best. well oill beef hooked
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12:34pm Sat 4 May 13

prv1987 says...

Admittedly I left some time before he took over as head but Mr Trafford was a fantastic and engaging teacher.

I was a deeply depressed and lonely teenager who did not enjoy his time at school at all. Were it not for not for Mr Trafford, who knew nothing about me but gave enjoyable and interesting lessons, I doubt I would have finished my a-levels and gone on to get my degree, a good job and discover a wider world outside of Wiltshire.

Thank you Mr Trafford. Best of luck to the new head.
Admittedly I left some time before he took over as head but Mr Trafford was a fantastic and engaging teacher. I was a deeply depressed and lonely teenager who did not enjoy his time at school at all. Were it not for not for Mr Trafford, who knew nothing about me but gave enjoyable and interesting lessons, I doubt I would have finished my a-levels and gone on to get my degree, a good job and discover a wider world outside of Wiltshire. Thank you Mr Trafford. Best of luck to the new head. prv1987
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