New Mills school’s first headmistress

New Mills St Georges c of e school. First female head teacher Mandy Brown. Seen with Brandon Perry, Zak Tiffany, Jack Barrass and Ruby Bradley.
New Mills St Georges c of e school. First female head teacher Mandy Brown. Seen with Brandon Perry, Zak Tiffany, Jack Barrass and Ruby Bradley.
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A New Mills primary school has appointed its first female head teacher in its 167-year history.

Mandy Brown took over the role at St George’s C of E School last Wednesday, after a year as acting head.

She said: “It’s just fantastic. It’s a wonderful opportunity and I look forward to the role. It’s a brilliant school to work in. I have wonderful team of staff to work with and we’ve got brilliant kids.”

Mandy, of Whaley Bridge, said she only realised the significance of taking the job at the 127-pupil school, which opened in 1846, this week.

Admitting it was a little daunting she told The Advertiser: “We have a fine tradition of strong, very capable head teachers and I intend to work hard to live up to it.”

The former deputy head, who joined the Church Lane school 11 years ago from Furness Vale Primary School, replaces Phil Thomas, who retired in August 2012.

David Wellens, chair of governors, welcomed the appointment, saying that he felt sure Mrs Brown and the team at St George’s would continue the excellent traditions set by her predecessors over the last two centuries.