Top school’s headteacher to leave job

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THE head of one of the North’s leading state schools is off to pastures new.

Carolyn Roberts, who took over as headteacher at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School in 2005, will be leaving at the end of the academic year.

During her time at the Durham City school, it has been recognised as one of the best performing state schools in the area.

In 2009, it moved to a £24million purpose-built facility at Crossgate Moor and the following year Gordon Brown, who was then Prime Minister, made history by holding a cabinet meeting at the school with his senior ministers. Mrs Roberts will take up her new post at headteacher of Thomas Tallis School in London’s Greenwich, in September.

She said: “I have had eight-and-a-half very happy years as head of this exceptional school.

“Deciding to accept a new challenge elsewhere was a wrench, but I know Johnston will continue to go from strength to strength.

“Wonderful young people, magnificent staff, supportive families and excellent governors make this a happy and successful community school which I shall miss enormously.”