A Stoke-on-Trent high school has named its new headteacher.
Mike Whittingham, currently the deputy head at Haywood Academy, has been appointed to the top job at Trentham Academy.
Mr Whittingham replaces Dr Rowena Blencowe, who is set to retire after four years at the Allerton Road school.
Trentham Academy’s chair of governors Andrew Pate said: “We received a strong field of applicants for the post and following a two-day interview process the governors are pleased to announce that Michael Whittingham has been appointed.
“He has a wide range of successful senior leadership experience across a range of good and outstanding schools.”
Mr Whittingham has been a teacher for 21 years and has spent the last three years at Haywood Academy.
Before joining Haywood he was assistant vice principal at Q3 Academy (Dartmouth High School) and has also taught at Ashby School, Leek High School and Ryles Park High School.
He has won numerous awards, including a silver award for teacher of the year in a secondary school in 2016. He was also nominated for the Education Star award at the Sentinel’s Our Heroes awards in 2016.
He said: “I am thrilled to be joining Trentham Academy as their next headteacher. It’s a great school with a great future and I am very much looking forward to working with the students, staff, parents, governors and the wider community to continue to build on the excellent progress made so far so that all students get the best possible start in life.”
Carl Ward, chief executive of the City Learning Trust, which runs Trentham and Haywood, said “Mike is much admired and respected by both students and colleagues. We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as headteacher at Trentham Academy.”
Mr Whittingham will take up his post on September 1.