A LONG-SERVING teacher at a Cheadle school will be moving on to a city school in the new year.
Cheadle Academy Principal, Pam Clulow, (pictured), will be leaving the Station Road school at the end of this term.
Mrs Clulow has been appointed as the Principal of the Excel Academy (former Holden Lane High School) in Stoke-on-Trent and will take up her new post at the start of the spring term.
Mrs Clulow has worked at The Cheadle Academy since 2001 when she was appointed as Head of History. She was appointed to her post as Principal of The Cheadle Academy in September 2009.
Chair of Governors Irene Welford said: "Mrs Clulow has led the academy with distinction during a period when we have achieved record examination results, at both Key Stage Four and Key Stage Five, and overseen the conversion of the school to academy status.
"This period has been the most successful and exciting period in the history of the school; all set against a backdrop of declining income in the public sector.
"On behalf of our community I thank her for her contribution to our success in continuing to build a school that our community can justifiably continue to be proud of."
Mrs Clulow said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the 12 years that I have worked at The Cheadle Academy and in particular the last four years that I have been Principal.
"I am proud of the contribution the staff and students of The Cheadle Academy have made to the community of Cheadle, our young people's commitment to raising money for charity, their sense of humour and ability to work hard and take on interesting challenges.
"This year the academy has achieved some of the best A level and GCSE exam results in the Staffordshire Moorlands and the best results in the school's history.
"I feel really proud of the outstanding progress that has been made. The academy is blessed with a hard-working and dedicated staff, a PTFA that tirelessly work to support us, an innovative Governing Body and supportive parents and carers who are proud of their children and the philosophy of The Cheadle Academy.
"I am however, really looking forward to joining the Excel Academy in January and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the College Academy Trust.
"The challenges will be different but I'm sure that the students' response and the staff and community support will be equal to that of The Cheadle Academy."
Mrs Welford explained that Cheadle Academy governors will now start the process of finding an 'outstanding replacement for an outstanding Principal'.
She said: "The post will be advertised nationally in January and an appointment will be made to start in September 2014.
"For the remainder of the year the academy will be led and managed by our Executive Principal, Mr Hollins, and an Acting Principal, Miss Hall.
"It should be pointed out that our success has been premised on a team approach and the governors are confident that this arrangement will enable us to consolidate our improvement.
"Our stakeholders can be assured that The Cheadle Academy is in a very strong position to make the adjustments necessary as a result of this change."