After 15 years loyal service to north Swindon pupils and parents, deputy head at Nova Hreod Mandy Clegg left Swindon for pastures new at the end of 2011 to take up the role of vice-principal of independent sixth-form Oxford Tutorial College.
“I’ve absolutely loved it here and I am very very sad to leave,” she said. “I’m really trying not to think about it too much. I’ve got relationships with so many families. This summer for the first time I met the children of parents I used to teach.”
Mandy joined Hreod Parkway school in 1996 as head of science, at a time when the department was at a low ebb. “We appointed lots of new staff and made quite a few changes,” she said. “In 1999 there was a big fire on the old school site which destroyed a science lab. I was heavily pregnant at the time, but as the head of Science I was the only person allowed into the building, along with the emergency services to salvage things and advise on what was what. They had to kit me out in an enormous white suit to go inside.”
Of her move Mandy said: “I’ve been looking for a headship for some time now, and am ready to take on something totally different. I was lucky to be head-hunted for this role so I’m looking forward to it.”
Pictured: Mandy with Jeff Rich, former Status Quo drummer on a visit to the school in March