Headteacher of one of Doncaster's largest secondary schools to step down

The head of one of Doncaster’s largest secondary schools has announced she is standing down from her role.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 9:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 1:17 pm

Maggie Dunn, who has been head at Scawsby’s Ridgewood School for the last six years, will be ‘retiring from the headship’ this summer.

In a letter to parents, she said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be Ridgewood’s headteacher over the past six years, and I have had a wonderful experience during my time at the school.

“I have enjoyed meeting and working with you as parents and carers and would like to thank you for all your contributions and support.

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Maggie Dunn is retiring as head of Ridgewood School.

“I hope that you feel, as I do, that the school has developed significantly over this time and is now in a very strong position, with your contribution, to continue to move forward.

“I would also like to thank our students for rising to all the challenges and opportunities we have tried to provide for them. They are some of the very best young people I have worked with over my career and I wish them the very best as they go forward and develop in to the impressive young people I know they will become.”

She said that the school’s govenors will shortly open the national recruitment process to appoint a new headteacher in time for September of this year, when the new school year starts.

She added: “I feel confident that I am leaving the school and our excellent team of staff whilst it is in a very strong position. I look forward to seeing our students in Year 11 and Year 13 achieving their potential this summer, and to watching the school grow in the future.”

Before arriving at Ridgewood, Mrs Dunn was in charge of Colne Valley High School in Huddersfield where she was brought in as acting headteacher to oversee the school’s transformation to an academy after it was put into special measures by Ofsted.

The school, which has more than 1,400 pupils, first opened its doors in 1968 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.